Neighborhood: Atwater Village
For our last meal before departing L.A., two coincidences lined up: our desire for a good breakfast burrito drawing us up to Atwater Village, and our admiration for the bread used by Sqirl. As it turned out, the bread came from a bakery across the street from our burrito destination: Proof. Official Friend of DCWD Mark, Official Co-Writer/Fiancee of DCWD Texas, and I stopped by there for a quick coffee and pastry before heading out.
Like most coffeeshops/bakeries, Proof is simple: an L-shaped marble counter behind plate glass, which holds the day's goods, a mix of muffins and quiches and pastries. Dark gray walls contrast the two and four-tops that make up what seating there is, filled with a mix of writers, job-seekers, and parents with kids on this Tuesday morning. Two quasi-booths sit in the bay windows looking out onto some wire patio furniture out front.
In theory, there's nothing simpler to use as a marker for any place (much less a bakery) than bread. In this case, Texas ordered a simple latte and a chocolate croissant, which by most metrics (including this blog's) would be insignificant enough to not write this up at all. And yet, this croissant was perfect in every way. It was crusty, crackling with sweetness at each bite, even discounting the chocolate. It made every other croissant I'd eaten before seem mediocre by comparison. Clearly, I loved this.
Oh my, I want this bakery in my city.
Food Rating: **** (out of 5)
Date Rating: 4 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code: Casual
Bar Rating: N/A
Cost: $ (out of 5) ($75-$100 for two)