I know I'm new around here, but I'm pretty sure I haven't seen this anywhere in LA. At Kalinka, a tiny little Armenian/Russian market on the corner of Franklin and Hillhurst in Los Feliz, they have unbelievable bread.
The bread is shipped here, frozen, from Hamburg, and Ivan, the owner (?), heats it up. Bread made with the water there, the flour there... and you really can taste the difference.
Ivan says he's the LA distributer for the bread - and that there's a few other Russian or Armenian markets that buy it from him. One in Santa Monica, one in Valley Village, and I think one in Encino (Bazaar?) - but I can't remember all the names.
I was too dizzy with the smell of the bread wafting over the counter to pay full attention.
We bought three whole loaves today (they're all different kinds) and - I really wish I could describe this. But you know when you travel and some matronly old woman in the little hotel you're thrilled you found on the cheap gives you the best family-made country bread for breakfast, fresh out of the oven? And it tastes spectacular, but later you convince yourself that maybe it was just because you were starving and/or you were so happy to be on vacation?
It's like that.
Only on the eastside.