Could Sycamore Kitchen be the best bakery in Los Angeles? Quite possibly. Owned by power couple chef-restaurateurs Karen and Quinn Hatfield, who’ve made four-star waves at upscale restaurant Hatfield’s, Sycamore Kitchen offers a more casual, pastry-heavy dining alternative. Featuring a coffee programme by primo roasters Stumptown and famous pastries like the salted caramel pecan babka, Sycamore also slings a range of breakfast and lunch specials. The Jerusalem Bowl blends grains with za’atar chicken, green chillies and fried eggs for a savoury morning start, while the famed Double B-LTA sandwich features bacon two ways (crispy AND braised) with butter lettuce, balsamic tomatoes, avocado, and mayo on house-made bread; it’s a lunchtime rock star. Set against Sycamore Kitchen’s rustic-industrial chic environs, a meal here provides a cleansing time out from the heady streams of Los Angeles’s bustle and traffic.