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Eastside/Westside Maple Bacon Standoff?


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Eastside/Westside Maple Bacon Standoff?

Hobsons Choice | Mar 17, 2009 10:25 PM

A trip to the Santa Monica farmers' market this weekend provided an excuse to drop by the Santa Monica breakfast spot of the moment, Huckleberry Bakery and Cafe. Huckleberry is the new venture from husband and wife team Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb. Other Chowhounders on this board have noted that the Rustic Canyon brunch became so popular, they jumped at the chance to open a nearby breakfast joint when the right property became available.

Now, I plan on writing a longer post on Huckleberry in the next day or two, but I wanted to write up something ASAP on the a emerging Westside/Eastside maple bacon battle.

As many have noted, the Nickel Diner in downtown LA has garnered a lot of well deserved attention for a delicious maple bacon doughnut.

Well, Zoe (the pastry chef half of the Huckleberry team) has thrown down the gauntlet with the maple bacon biscuit.

Whereas the Nickel's doughnut is in-your-face sweet, smokey and salty all at the same time, Huckleberry's biscuit is much more nuanced and refined. The biscuit, despite its maple-y promises, is really a savory breakfast treat with only a hint of bacon.

Could it have something to do with these two restaurants respective neighborhoods? We all know that the Historic Core runs up against Skid Row. Santa Monica, especially the North of Montana set, is well quite the opposite.

The Nickel was tailor-made for its neighborhood and Huckleberry fits in perfectly at its location. Maybe the doughnut and the biscuit are just natural extensions of their respective identities.

But that doesn't solve the initial dilemma. Whose pastry is better? I am curious LA, what do you think? Maple bacon doughnut or maple bacon biscuit? Downtown or Santa Monica?

If you are a visual person and need photos of each product to help you make your decision, click here:

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