Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rate-A-Restaurant #252: Proof Bakery

Restaurant: Proof Bakery

Location: 3156 Glendale Blvd (Atwater Village)

Type of restaurant: Bakery/Coffee

We stipulated: Since the sad demise of Butter Tart in Glassell Park, we've been looking for another bakery close to Franklin Avenue HQ. The Village, on Los Feliz Blvd., has won out so far. But Proof Bakery is even closer -- and on our commute. We had to check it out.

They stipulated: From their blog: "As we approach our 6 month anniversary, we are happy to say that we have stuck to our mission statement; we utilize farmer's market produce, organic butter and a traditional old world approach to production to supply hand crafted French-style pastries to our neighbors. Locavores & Foodies abound on Glendale Blvd these days. Rumors are swirling throughout the neighborhood about fresh markets & new restaurants opening this year, and Atwater Village is slowly but surely gaining a solid foothold in a beautiful movement."

What we ordered: Flourless Valrhona Chocolate Cake; Banana tea cake; Cognoscenti Coffee. Total: $9.88

High point: The chocolate cake is rich and dense but not too sweet. Also, the Cognoscenti coffee.

Low point: The selection is limited -- and although there will still be plenty of amazing selections to choose from, we haven't had a chance to try all of their specialties yet.

Overall impression: Proof Bakery, Alias Books and Jacknife Records are just three of the stores giving Glendale Blvd. an upscale upgrade in Atwater Village. I worry that Proof may be a bit too upscale to stay in business on this strip -- but am glad they are there.

Chance we'll go back:  Absolutely. Can't wait to try more of their gourmet goodies, including the savory sandwiches.

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