Bread is not the enemy, despite what living in Los Angeles or reading any fashion magazine might tell you. There was a moment I was foolish to believe that wheat and gluten was going to kill me, but then I realized it was actually the herbicide sprayed on wheat that was making me sick. It’s an outrage living in a country that knowingly poisons us through food all in the name of capitalism, especially when it comes to something so classic as bread. It’s for this reason, I have embraced all that a quality loaf of bread can do for my life and I am willing to pay more for that experience.
One of the things I look forward to most when on the road to Los Alamos is sitting down at one of my favorite bakeries in California, Bob’s Well Bread Bakery. There’s never a drive up I don’t day dream about sitting down with Bob’s incredibly flakey and delicious almond croissant, which is only available on the weekends. That’s my absolute favorite menu item at Bob’s and if you want to indulge, you better make sure to show up before noon, because they will sell out! I repeat, they will sell out.
I love going to Bob’s because I appreciate the time, love, and effort that goes into making every piece of bread in the shop. His wooden counter and glass case is filled with croissants, baguettes, a variety of loaves, bagels, and English muffins, to name a few. Bob’s Well Bread Bakery is dedicated to hand-made artisanal bread, made with quality ingredients and natural starters. You won’t have to worry about preservatives as the bread is prepared with the simplest of ingredients: flour, water, salt, and yeast – how it should be, imagine that. The only problem you will face when eating at Bob’s is deciding on what to choose from the menu. Or you can be like me, and drop at least $20 for bread and pastries to take back home.
In addition to glorious racks of bread, stamped with his grandmother's seal, Bob also serves some stellar breakfast options like Bagels & Lox, Beans on Toast, Eggs Benedict, and a delightful “Egg-in-a-Jar” made with purple potato puree topped with gruyere cheese, poached egg, bacon lardons, chives and crème fraiche. I have eaten all of the aforementioned and strongly encourage you to do the same. When’s the last time you had a homemade English Muffin? You can also have that here.
There is no rush at Bob’s Bakery, which is my preferred choice for dining. It’s always a magical moment when I swing open the shop door, see Bob behind the counter, and am welcomed with the warmest hello. When I’m here, people know me by name and I love that. I feel relaxed at Bob’s, I’m chill here. After I place my order, I like to cozy up on the patio with a newspaper, sip on a latte, and breathe in the fresh air. The staff is always friendly, the bread rarely disappoints, and it’s the exact opposite feeling of almost every restaurant in Los Angeles. In essence, it’s near perfection.
Bob's Well Bread Bakery | 550 Bell St, Los Alamos, CA 93440