Sweet Butter Kitchen

13824 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Sherman Oaks' Sweet Butter ranks high among L.A.'s wave of newish pastry shops that bake on the premises and offer delicacies beyond your parents' wildest dreams. Leslie Danelian, a former food stylist and caterer, has taken on a lot here, with a tasty breakfast and lunch menu in addition to a boulangerie, and the long lines every weekend attest to her success in pulling off. She offers sweets to please all in a setting with a distinctly Parisian feel: Outrageously gooey, frosted “morning buns” filled with tart house-made marmalade, Fleur de sel caramel brownies, bread puddings with brioche (in coconut-lemon or chocolate), cinnamon muffins filled with homemade peach or strawberry jam, mouth-watering chocolate chip cookies and of course lemon bars. The bakery case changes daily, so don't be in a rut — expect surprises. Savory offerings include rich bacon-cheddar scones and delicious grilled turkey sandwiches with fig jam and bleu cheese.

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