Being Polish, one of my latest biking escapades has been exploring my areas trying to find some of the yummy Polish cuisine elements. Sadly, I have quickly learned that the US definition of a "bakery" is a muffins and scones shop you gulp down with a super-mocha-late-chino, and a "deli" is a place where you eat a pastrami-on-sourdough sandwich with some chips for lunch. Needless to say, not exactly what I hoped for; to me a bakery is a place that sales tons of (preferably freshly and still warm!) bread, and a deli should be but an endless counter of diverse hams, sausages, meats and cheeses!
I'm curious if the people living in LA can recommend some places that would fit the bill I am near El Sereno / Alhambra so the closer to here the better.
I want LESS of this:
And more of this:
Basically I am sick of local bakieries that have only prepackage square toast breads and which 'gourmet' selection ends at sourdough or "look we put flax seed!" bread. Or Safeway-like delis sporting only variations of turkey breast, black forest hams or salami, and ten types of cheddar cheese.