In the Little Persia south of Santa Monica Boulevard, a couple of places stand out for ZoeZ: Rose Market, with its wonderful rose petal ice cream and other great flavors, and Orchid Bakery.
Run by Persian Armenians, Orchid has great gelato, fresh fruit drinks, coffee, and top-notch sandwiches (chicken potato salad with tomato and lettuce on a crusty roll is good).
And true to its name, their pastries are outstanding and cheap–a strawberry napoleon is just $1. Macaroons (coconut or almond) are great for a party. They’re generous with samples, too.
Orchid Bakery [Wealthy Westlands]
1927 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles