The Village Bakery and Cafe

The Village Bakery

Until recently, the stretch of Los Feliz Boulevard that slices through Atwater Village has been more of a destination for big-box shopping than food, but with spots like the Village Bakery cropping up, it’s starting to change for the gastronomic good. A workhorse four-deck oven is undoubtedly the driving force behind this operation; each sandwich is built on unmistakably house-baked bread, which is also available by the loaf. The BLT features toasted sourdough with crispy strips of Niman Ranch bacon, and if you’re smart, creamy fresh-shucked avocado. And they don’t skimp; every sandwich order comes with a salad or cup of soup—one day it was a hearty tomato-based vegetable loaded with carrots, corn, cauliflower and onions. Side-by-side pastry cases act as not-so-subtle built-in portion controllers, urging you to save room for a dessert. Options include dense, moist squares of berry “pie,” poppy seed cake, and an efficient hybrid—the donut muffin. And if for some reason you’re looking for a distraction, the colorful paintings not only depict animals but offer up their respective sounds: cow (moo), cat (meow), pig (oink) and dog (woof). Woof, woof.

sweet seats

If you’re looking to share a lot of baked goods with friends, grab the communal table in the dining room. Rolling solo? The sidewalk seats are good for soaking up the scene and sun.

chew on this

Cannoli fans will be happy to learn that the Village Bakery sells the rarely seen unfilled shells, so you can play with fillings in your own kitchen. A small shell costs 60 cents and a large one just a dime more.

hours

Mon. 8 AM–3 PM; Tues.–Fri. 8 AM–7 PM; Sat. 8 AM–4 PM;
Sun. 8 AM–3 PM

price range

$5 (house-made granola) to $10 (Cobb salad)
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