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Bakery in North San Diego

I need a bakery in North County San Diego (coastal) for an adult birthday cake. Any suggestions? Tried VG's and was not too impressed. Thanks!

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  1. I don't know how far North you are, but Champagne Bakery (Del Mar, Encinitas (near RSF)) has great adult tastebud style cakes. The Cake Lady in La Jolla also has great baked goods. Although my hands down pick for best cake in the county (and I'd argue the country) is Extraordinary Desserts (locations downtown and in Hillcrest). I think I've tried at least seven different varities...and would fly back to San Diego just for a piece of their cake!

    1. Try the french bakery on Carlsbad Village Drive (in Albertson's shopping center)

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      1. re: kitchenhag

        kitchenhag, do they have decent bread too? I haven't found anything in North County that's passable yet. Best baguette I can find is at TJ's... that's pretty sad.

        1. re: Pablo

          Pablo... I haven't have occasion to get a baguette there. Did have croissant sand and it was good not greasy. Let us know if you try the bread.

          1. re: Pablo

            The deli in Harvest Ranch Market (the intersection of Encinitas Blvd and Manchester) carries partially baked refrigerated Solunto bread which just needs reheating: 400o oven, etc. Yum.

            1. re: Pablo

              You may not believe this, but Cosco has the best baguettes I've found here since I left NJ and NY. Crust is nice and chewy. (I like a tough bread.)

          2. I agree about the French Bakery in Carlsbad. I enjoyed some of their stuff this morning. This place never fails.

            1. Le Rendez-Vous in the Ralph's shopping center (southeast corner of Oceanside and College Blvds.) is terrific; their cakes and pastries are wonderful, brioche and croissants, too, and the baguettes are outstanding. It's owned and run by a really darling Hmong couple. Check it out!

              4225 Oceanside Blvd., Suite Q
              Oceanside, CA 92056

              1. i second champagne, their fruit tart is especially lovely. also, i've had great luck with the bakery at whole foods market. the lemon raspberry tart is wonderful.

                i know extraordinary desserts always gets a few votes but their cakes are too cloyingly sweet for my taste.

                1. Everyone is raving about Elizabethan Desserts in Encinitas, right off Encinitas Blvd in the Sunshine Gardens area. Do a search on this board for previous threads, or check out their website: http://www.elizabethandesserts.com. Although I haven't yet been to her shop, everything looks absolutely exquisite and yummy. Really outstanding and special!

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                  1. re: susan3733

                    I second Elizabethan Desserts.

                    Elizabethan Desserts
                    155 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA

                    1. re: susan3733

                      I third it. Everything is wonderful!

                    2. Is OP talking adult flavors or adult themes. Not that I know of any bakeries producing adult themed cakes, just thought clarification was in order!

                        1. I recomend Swedish Royal Bakery in Poway or Sorrento Valley very good light and less sweet european style. Also have a gluten free cake that I love!! Even have eggless and dairy free cake when I ask for my friends and the pastries are yummy too.

                          Royal Bakery
                          4726 Telephone Rd, Ventura, CA 93003

                          1. I would try Darshan on second st in Encinitas. Hole in the wall place but doing an amazing job with pastries. It's kind of a hidden gem, not many people know about it.

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                            1. re: SDGourmand

                              Yesterday I bought some marvelous pastry at a Panderia (sp) in TJ, which took me back to days long ago. The joy is there is NOT the heavy sugar taste and frosting on everything. I dream about finding a similiar Mexican bakery in San Diego for the taste treat.

                              Where are they?

                            2. French Bakery in Carlsbad is my go-to as well...and the tarts, yummmmm.

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                              1. re: ragamuffin10

                                Another vote here for Carlsbad French bakery, they have a 2nd location in Vista that does everything well and not crazy expensive like Darshan. One of their stand outs is their apple turnover, it's always sold out when I get there.

                                Elizabethan is ok but their service and selection needs a lot of work. The only thing there worth eating is the mini cherry pies. The rest which is almost nothing but bars and cupcakes is average and expensive.

                                I like St Tropez too, a little higher quality and expensive than Carlsbad French bakery but def worth it. San Marcos has nice little place called My Kitchen that has amazing peach bread pudding and cinnamon rolls. I would die if Extra Ordinary desserts opened up a location in N county,..we def need one here.