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Nabalom Bakery--awesome Danish

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  • Caitlin McGrath Jun 1, 2001 01:51 AM
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Nabalom Bakery, the source of my all-time favorite Danish, is located in the Elmwood neighborhood of Berkeley, on Russell Street just above College Avenue, across from the 7-11. Russell is one block north of Ashby Avenue. Link below to my original post about Nabolom (memories now confirmed by yesterday's visit and the impressions of the other chowhounds at our dinner last night).

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    Melanie Wong

    Thanks again for sharing this. I love 'em. Having sacrificed my share of danish, I consoled myself with a cherry puff from Rulli in Larkspur which was equally good in its own way.

    Have you had a chance to try the danish places in NY recently recommended to see how they compare?

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
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      Caitlin McGrath

      Actually, I very rarely buy Danish, and I have not tried any of the NY board rec's.

      Back to the East Bay, I had a spirited discussion with a friend last night who said I shouldn't be proclaiming Nabolom's Danish as best (he's had theirs) without first trying the glazed raisin Danish from the Bread Garden on Domingo (across from the Claremont Hotel). A side-by-side test may be in order!

      Now I must return to Berkeley Bowl, though it's Saturday, and find dried cherries to go in the bittersweet chocolate cake and blueberries for the lemon bars. Then home to start zesting and squeezing those Meyer lemons I picked yesterday afternoon...as you can see, I'm in food heaven for the next week.

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      Berkeley eater

      The standard offerings at local bakeries and cafes (Danish, scones, muffins) leaves much to be desired.

      I get better pastries when in most Texas strip malls, thanks to the La Madeleine chain, which offers decent french specialties (tarts, almond croissants, apple turnovers,...) Most bay area specialty pastry stores try too hard ($6 overly decorated "creations").

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        Caitlin McGrath

        hey, I'm with ya. Nabalom is the real thing: homey, made with skill and care and good-quality ingredients, not overdone. Danish are under $2, full-size cakes $20 or less. It's a collective. They don't 'try too hard." Do you really find Nabalom, the Bread Garden, La Farine, fit into that mold?

        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

          Can't wait to try Nabalom! Thanks. We like the above and especially like Hopkins St. Bakery. The morning buns with cranberries are great. Yeasty! Their brownies are killer. I'm getting so hungry!

          1. re: Caitlin McGrath
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            berkeley eater aka garcon

            I went into nabalom a couple of times, didn't find anything that tempted my sweet tooth. Danishes don't do it for me. I'll make a point of trying one soon though. The pastry menu at collectives like this one and the cheese board is a bit narrow and tired. It looks straight out of 1977. I do like other traditional bakeries like the bakery on Hopkins street, their little almond cakes calle friandises are yummy.

            La Farine has excellent croissants, the best in the east bay. Their tarts aren't great though. I like the strawberrry tarts from Bettes Diner' annex store.