The Sycamore Kitchen

Best Bakery, February 2013

You won’t be nibbling on any ordinary muffin when Karen Hatfield is wearing the oven mitts. No, at the fine-dining chef’s La Brea outpost, the Sycamore Kitchen, your muffin will be emboldened with hearty quinoa and bran or moistened with olive oil, carrots, and whole-wheat flour. Throughout the day Hatfield can be found behind the counter restocking plates of berries-and-cream cookies and swirling rolls of salted caramel-pecan babka.