Best Pastries2011 Finalist
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The potted salmon rillettes lunches and family-style dinners at Jeffrey Cerciello's Brentwood Country Mart Farmshop outpost may be the Mercedes crowd's main draw. But even Cerciello says it's the pastries from baker Brittainy Turnquist that are the star here. And so with his blessing, we will happily be returning only for the pastry basket, the least expensive and very sharable offering on the breakfast menu at $12.50. Even better, you get to choose your own three pastries: A croissant (plain, almond or chocolate adorned) is a must, and that blueberry streusel muffin and chocolate-hazelnut Danish are hard to pass up. Or perhaps an herbed goat cheese scone? With all that, do you really need the house-made seasonal preserves and plenty of butter that comes with them? Of course you do.
Source: LA Weekly
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