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arizmendi bakery on 9th and irving

Rochelle Jun 21, 2001 12:28 AM

we just discovered a little co-op bakery on 9th with delicious baked goods and wondered if anyone who's had things other than what we've had would be willing to share stories.

today we bounced by on our way home from the beach and picked up 1/2 doz english muffins (think heaven, eggs benedict here we come!), a perfectly sticky pecan roll crammed with toasted pecans and an occassional plump raisin which was immediately devoured, and a very definately homespun whole wheat cheese roll resplendent with strong cheeses-maybe an asiago and sharp cheddar?

on other occassions we've had baguette pieces, plain, hazelnut and ginger shortbread cookies, and cheese scones, all of which have been delightful.

appearently citysearch.com thinks their pizza and baked goods are unbelieveable. i'd love to hear some feedback about the semibaked pies from a real person.

they have a bread schedule and seem to have the ever elusive brioche daily. pizza is served daily after 11:30.

1331 9th ave between irving and judah
tues-fri 7-7, sat 8-7, sun 8-4, mon closed

Link: http://arizmendibakery.org

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    Andrew Raskin RE: Rochelle Jun 21, 2001 01:03 AM

    I just won a $20 gift certificate there in a raffle, so I'm glad to hear you like it.

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      gordon wing RE: Rochelle Jun 21, 2001 01:30 AM

      This bakery has a connection to the Cheeseboard in Berkeley. Another Bakery in Oakland near Lakeshore is also seeded by the Cheeseboard....I think they trained them and provided recipes, philosophy, etc. The Cheeseboard in Berkeley is an institution and has a large following ... they certainly are making the Bay Area a better place to eat in. I don't think I've ever had anything from there that didn't impress me.

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        Izzero RE: gordon wing Jun 21, 2001 04:17 PM

        Yep, i live 5min from the Oakland Arizmendi and that place is wonderful. I love their pizzas...their ingredients are so fresh and i love the thin crust.

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          Melanie Wong RE: Izzero Jun 21, 2001 07:46 PM

          Welcome to the board!

          Not to be morbid, but one of the things that lifted my spirits at the wake I attended last Saturday was stepping into the kitchen and spotting the pizza from Arizmendi-Oakland. That can make anyone smile!

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            Jennifer Fish Wilson RE: Melanie Wong Jun 28, 2001 09:23 PM

            Thx for intro to Arizmendi--walked in w/ my dog-eared Chowhound postings (god forbid I miss something one of you recommended!). Shared your comments w/ people behind counter--made them very happy. Loved the pizza (eggplant) and the cheese rolls. Was warned if I want pizza on Friday or Saturday best to call ahead because they sell out quickly (Oakland phone #: 510-268-8490.)

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              Melanie Wong RE: Jennifer Fish Wilson Jun 29, 2001 12:23 AM

              Glad you liked it, Jennifer. I've only had three pizzas from Arizmendi. They've all been tomato sauce-less, what some call California style.

              I'll confess that I decided to revisit KC's the other day instead of Doug's because I didn't have my chowhound references at the ready to guide me to the best things to order.

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                Jennifer Fish Wilson RE: Melanie Wong Jun 29, 2001 12:23 PM

                The eggplant pizza was definitely a "California" pizza--no tomato sauce. (BTW it was great cold for breakfast too).

                Question re having Chowhound references available: I feel lost traveling around w/o my Chowhound recommendations. Sometimes I print them out and remember to take them with me. Any suggestions?

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        Limster RE: Rochelle Jun 21, 2001 03:11 AM

        I posted on Arizmendi a while ago. Here it is:

        Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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          Caitlin McGrath RE: Rochelle Jun 21, 2001 08:53 AM

          Never been to Arizmendi, but it is clearly, as Gordon notes, a relative of the Cheese Board (which has sold those wonderful whole-wheat cheese rolls forever)--which means that you should definitely try the pizza!

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            jen maiser RE: Rochelle Jun 21, 2001 11:30 AM

            I have their pizza a couple of times a week and can't say enough about it. The website you posted has the pizza schedule as well ... red onions, roma tomatoes, kalamata olives, garlic oil, pepper and parmesan today - YUM.

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              Nancy Reyes RE: Rochelle Jun 21, 2001 11:33 AM

              It's quite funny that you happen to mention this place. Celery and I were just talking about it at the latest Chowhound dinner.
              I was very excited when I realized they were putting in a new bakery. Seems like it's only been there about 6 months now, but everybody loves it, including myself. It's a worker owned shop, and I can tell they take pride in what they do. I once thanked one of the employees for bringing such a great bakery to the neighborhood, and you could tell he appreciated the compliment.
              I happened to be on a walk, and went into the bakery to see what I could get with $1.50 in my pocket and no ATM card. I ended up walking away with something I think was called a wolverine. It was a wheaty bread with tender apricots, walnuts, sweet raisins, cinnamon, and possibly almonds, and it was huge. Even someone with my appetite wasn't able to eat it all.
              Glad to hear other people are enjoying it as well.
              All the baked goods I've had from there are delicious, but I've yet to try the pizza...maybe that'll be dinner tonight?!

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                Celery RE: Nancy Reyes Jun 21, 2001 01:19 PM

                Nancy, that was a wolverine you had - that was the roll we were trying to remember the name of at dinner! It's one of my favorite snacks from there. If they do cherry cornmeal scones - try them too. And as everyone has said - don't think you can get a bad baked good there!

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                Tida RE: Rochelle Jun 21, 2001 01:34 PM

                This AM, I was inspired to drop into the Sunset Arizmendi since I was on my way to Andronico's for some sausage. I went in there with the intention of spending no more than $5 and was very pleased to get a cheese roll, a wolverine, and a chocolate thing. Not a bad breakfast! We liked them all. A great addition to the neighborhood.

                The other one that is in Oakland is also called Arizmendi.

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                  Melanie Wong RE: Rochelle Jun 21, 2001 07:49 PM

                  Rochelle, this is so funny! Celery, Nancy and I were sharing Arizmendi on our side of the table. We should have leaned a little left!

                  I can vouch for the light-baked version. Saturday's selection in Oakland was fennel, mushroom, red onion and goat cheese. We served these as people arrived. Heated each individual slice to order in the toaster oven at 400 degrees for 7 minutes. Perfect.

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                    Andrew Raskin RE: Rochelle Jun 21, 2001 08:41 PM

                    I just went there today and had a delicious slice of olive pizza.

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                      Melanie Wong RE: Andrew Raskin Jun 22, 2001 09:20 PM

                      Now that's chowhounding! You catch a post, and you're there right away.

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