The Farmer’s Market at Third and Fairfax is a Los Angeles landmark. However, when my out-of-town friends used to ask me to take them, I always suggested we walk around there, grab a donut at Bob’s and perhaps an appetizer at Loteria, and have a full meal elsewhere. Since the opening of Short Order and Short Cake at the Farmer’s Market, I’ve been the one suggesting to friends that they Meet Me at Fairfax and Third.
Short Cake is one of my favorite bakeries in Los Angeles. In addition to offering one of the largest selections of consistently delicious treats, you can get your coffee fix with Verve coffee from Santa Cruz, and enjoy savory open faced toasts.
Front: Cereal cookie topped with cornflakes
Rear: Brunette with pine nuts & thyme
Armed with excellent recipes and a heart-warming smile, pastry chef Hourie Sahakian took an unlikely path to running such an impressive bakery. Short Cake was the passion project of renowned pastry chef Amy Pressman. Pressman met Hourie at the gym, and before she know it, Hourie was working the line with Pressman at Test Kitchen. Following Pressman’s devastatingly premature passing at the age of 53, Hourie went from protégé to running the show. Fortunately, Short Cake is in great hands.
Short Cake, just like Short Order, takes pride in using fresh and local ingredients.
If you love milkshakes, Short Cake is going to be your new favorite place. I couldn’t stop drinking this Black Forrest Custard Shake, despite my stomach already hurting from my irresponsible binging on pastries. Fortunately Mark of iFlipForFood helped me with the pastries, and a run-in with a couple distinguished friends meant I had help with the milkshakes.
I don’t know why I was even surprised to find dessert connoisseur Nastassia “Let Me Eat Cake“ Johnson and Julie “Hunter of Cool” Wolfson (plus her sweet daughter) sitting at Short Cake’s inviting counter. Mark and I had no qualms crashing the ladies who lunch gathering.
I also appreciate that Short Cake is an open kitchen where you can see the talented crew at work.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t warn you to show more restraint than I did with the pastries in one visit, because you’ll want to visit Short Order upstairs. Chef Christian Page, formerly of Eva, is using only the highest quality ingredients to make great burgers and other dishes.
My first time at Short Order, I was sitting at the bar, enjoying a couple cocktails from LA’s finest Julian Cox, and polishing off a burger while periodically glancing at Short Order partner Nancy Silverton a few seats down to see if she was enjoying some new menu items. I had never met Chef Page before, but he made his way down the bar excitedly telling me and a few other patrons about some new grass-fed beef he was excited about. He asked if I’d want to try it. I obviously said yes, expecting a few bites of ground beef. Nope – he brought me out another full beef patty. It was so delicious I polished off the whole thing. Normally I feel pretty gross after a whole burger, but after having two burgers made with high-quality meat, I still felt great. Short Order recently launched a new menu and I’m looking forward to checking it out.
Disclosure: pastries were hosted
6333 W. 3rd St. Stall #316
Los Angeles, CA 90036