Euro Pane Bakery: 99 Essential Restaurants 2011

Sumi Chang's Euro Pane Bakery is the center of civilized life in Pasadena, and you probably could set your watch by the appearance of its regulars. It's a place to find excellent to superb scones and baguettes and pains au chocolat, of course, but also the heart of a certain sort of society: the Caltech professors, theology students and writers who worship at the twin altars of caffeine and conversation, a place where you are likely to bump into a revered judge, the world's foremost authority on migraines or the star of the play you saw last night. The cinnamon rolls are gooey yet crisp-edged; the croissants are magnificent; the natural-starter sourdough is superb. Toss in the homemade granola, the epochal bread pudding, the puff-pastry tarts with pears and frangipane and the gooiest egg-salad sandwich in town, and it's no wonder that Euro Pane's regulars treat the bakery more as a permanent residence than as a café. A second Euro Pane down the street sells pretty much the same things, only made with whole-wheat flour instead of white. Think of it as an alternate universe made of bran. 950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 577-1828. Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun., till 3 p.m. No alcohol. Street parking. MC, V for orders exceeding $10 only. California Bakery. Also at 300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 844-8804.

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