Best Bakery Café: El Carrusel Bakery
Whether it’s their picture perfect conchas in all shapes and sizes and colors of the rainbow celebrating the L.A. Dodgers or heart-shaped for Valentine’s Day, El Carrusel Bakery has been serving Salvadoran, Mexican and Guatemalan pastries and pan dulce in the San Fernando Valley since 2005, as well as atoles, agua frescas and stacks of their signature cheesy delicious pupusas that would even make “fucking Rick Dalton” whimper.
Founded by third generation Latinos in the bakery business, the stores are a feast for the senses. Their tres leches cakes — which are available in individual portions or whole — come in horchata, chocolate and mocha flavors , and their plantain empanadas are filled with your choice of house-made milk custard or beans.
Wash it all down with horchata iced coffee or a hot atol shuco available on weekends in a variety of flavors including purple corn, red beans, alhuaishte and chile. —Michele Stueven
6800 Reseda Blvd., Reseda;(818) 344-7696; 14851 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys; (818) 988-3797; 13923 Van Nuys Blvd., Arleta; (818) 896-7999, carruselbakery.com.