WHY Proper Parisian baguettes (crisp outside, airy inside), more substantial sandwich breads, croissants and addictive oatmeal cookies.
WHAT Known for its breads and for fruit tarts that are far lovelier than the neighborhood outside, Babette is a great and affordable find for breads, breakfast pastries and desserts (but skip the cupcakes in favor of the cookies and tarts). Good panini and breakfast sandwiches, too.
WHO Chefs, insiders and local high school kids with really good taste.
Region: South Bay to South L.A.
Neighborhood: Long Beach
Features: Kid Friendly, Value
Price Range: $10-under
Cuisine Type: American, French