Knead is a local institution you’ll want to pick up and carry back to LA with you. The pastries at this little bakery are great (get a sticky bun), and the very simple bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich is even better. You can get it all to go, but why sit at the awkward wobbly table in the place you’re renting when you can sit inside and watch all the locals coming in to pick up a loaf of bread and gossip with the owner. Although you should get a loaf of your own too.
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