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Jul 20, 2006 06:56 AM

San Jose & South Bay Bakeries? - Dick's, Peter's, Wilson's, Aki's, etc

So how are some of these San Jose and South Bay Bakeries. Most of them are old-time bakeries in business forever and known for a certain specialty.

Are they still in business & recomended?

Aki's Bakery - known for the guava cake

Dick's Bakery - Burnt-almond cake

Greenlee's Bakery (cinnamon bread


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Peter's Bakery - Burnt almond cake ... what's with the burnt almond cake and San Joes ... what's that all about?

Shuei-Do Manju Shop (manju, mochi


Wilson's Jewel Bakery - Santa Clara

What are the newer bakeries that are good?

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  1. haven't tried any of the other places, but Aki's guava cake is very good.

    1. drove by Aki's twice in the last few months - wanted to stop by but saw long lines out the door each time :)

      1. Aki's guava cake is a very light, pink cake, with guava jelly in the middle and a light whipped cream frosting. Pretty refreshing and unusual. Burnt almond from Dick's is truly a San Jo legend. Also a light cake, white or chocolate, with whipped cream frosting covered in "burnt" almonds. Really good. Another absolutely fabulous thing at Dick's is the almond tea cake, a round coffe cake type thing that is just indescribably good. Greenelee's cinammon bread is also quite famous. It's a sliced loaf of cinammon bread that stands out b/c it's always very fresh, and has lots of icing baked in. Dick's is my favorite, the ladies in there are classic too. Like a time machine.

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        1. re: Hoss

          Thanks for the GREAT descriptions Hoss ... if gas weren't so pricy these days I'd be on my way to San Jose today. I'll make a stop at at LEAST one next time I'm in that area.

          Have you tried Peter's? Anything else good in the area?

          1. re: Hoss

            Well, good heavens. I think this is helping me figure something out.

            We were in the area yesterday and stopped by Peter's bakery for a burnt almond cake. I had tried it many many years ago when a colleague brought it to a pot-luck and I still have memories of it.

            It is delicious- but I thought it had almond slices too-- and this one didn't. Now, it might be Dick's bakery instead of Peter's! They are brothers. Does anyone know how different the two cakes are?

            Live in SF so the drive is hefty. The strawberry cake at Peter's looked good--- may have to make a trip there again.

          2. Did you know that Wilson's closed a while ago, causing much consternation locally. I must be the only person in the South Bay that didn't like Wilson's, and doesn't like Aki's guava cake, or anything at Greenlee's. They are indeed "old-time" and their products taste to me like mixes, or margarine- or shortening-based goods. I'm NOT saying they are (please don't flame me) I'm just saying that they taste that way to me.

            For butter-based products, I prefer Icing on the Cake for American-style cakes, and Satura Cakes, Fleur de Cocoa, Shokolaat, and Sugar Butter Flour for European-style tortes. I go to the Asian bakeries near Marina and 99 Ranch for lighter Asian-style goods. While you're down this way, you shouldn't miss the raised donuts at Stan's but you have to get there very early. Have fun!

            Sugar Butter Flour
            669 S Bernardo Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

            Fleur De Cocoa
            39 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030

            Icing On the Cake
            50 W Main St, Los Gatos, CA 95030

            Satura Cakes
            320 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

            516 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301

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            1. re: Claudette

              Yeah, that was a 2006 post .,.. and I still haven't made it to any of them.

              Greenlee's Bakery has expanded its little empire recently and is selling at farmers markets in this area and a few markets. I had a sample of the cinnamon bread which was fine, but not something I purchased. As you said it is old school baking.

              Thanks for the recs. They are also on my to-try list ... sigh.

              Greenlee's Bakery
              1081 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

              Aki's Bakery
              355 Meridian Ave, San Jose, CA

              Shuei-Do Manju Shop
              217 Jackson St, San Jose, CA

              Dick's Bakery
              1593 Meridian Ave, San Jose, CA

              Peters' Bakery
              3108 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA

              1. re: rworange

                Hi i live in Oregon, My dad used to live in San Jose and he really liked the Wilsons Bakeries Strawberry Cake. Does anyone know where we could possible get one similar? We are willing to drive.