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What bakeries in or near La Joola do you like - what do they do well?
Thanks for your help.

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  1. What exactly are you looking to buy? Desserts? Bread? Cakes? Michele Coulon Dessertier is supposed to be good for desserts, but I haven't been that impressed on my visits. Bread and Cie is pretty much the best fresh-made bread in town, and is available in many local stores and at the farmers' markets. Their retail location/cafe is in Hillcrest, about fifteen minutes away from LJ. While I like it, I kind of wish they had some competition. I love it when I go to the Bay Area and they have eight different brands of fresh made local bread in every grocery store!

    Girard Gourmet does some things well. They have decent cookies and the bread that their sandwiches are made with is pretty good, but I've been disappointed with the pastries.

    For homestyle treats like brownies, cupcakes, pies, etc. I would recommend Cafe Zinc in Solana Beach, a short drive up the coast - or possibly Elizabethan Desserts in Encinitas, just a little bit further though I haven't had a chance to try it yet.

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    1. re: Alice Q

      Which bakeries do you like for desserts/cakes?
      In the Bay Area, I'm spoiled with Acme Breads - just about every variety is a winner. Any equivalents in LJ?

      1. re: Bob Copeland

        I've had Acme Breads and not sure if there's anything like it in SD. Or the Ferry Building, for that matter...

        Elizabethan Desserts in Encinitas has absolutely delish cookies, mini pies, cupcakes, buckles, coffeecake. I just had 1/2 of her pecan caramel coffecake. It's almost a week old and still tastes good! Texture held up in the fridge too!

        1. re: Bob Copeland

          I like the Passionfruit Ricotta Torte from Extraordinary Desserts, but some of their cakes are just too heavy. Other decent options are Twiggs, Michele Coulon, Opera Patisserie, The French Gourmet, and possibly Elizabethan, though I haven't tried it yet. I assume they do whole cakes. Michele Coulon is in La Jolla and French Gourmet is in PB. (When you say LJ, I'm not exactly sure if you mean the Village, or the UTC area - but both of these are closest to the Village.)

          There's nothing like Acme in town, sorry to say. Bread and Cie is probably the closest, along with Whole Foods and imports from the La Brea Bakery in LA.

          1. re: Alice Q

            Elizabethan can do whole cakes on order, I believe. She has a small portfolio of custom cakes that she's done. She doesn't have whole cakes sitting out on display like Extraordinary Desserts.

            Extraordinary Desserts' blood orange ricotta torte is also very good.

      2. Some of the bread at WholeFoods in LJ is ok. Definitely better than the Bread and Cie you get at Whole Foods.

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        1. re: honkman

          Good call - I missed that one. The croissants, etc. in the case aren't too bad either when they are fresh.

        2. Charlie's Best Breads is in Pacific Beach - just south of La Jolla. It's on Garnet between Lamont and Jewell. Highly recommend it!

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          1. re: mimosa

            Try the Potato-Leek bread at Charlie's, it is excellent. The gorganzola-walnut available on weekends only, is another winner

            1. re: Captain Jack

              Don't forget the Oregon Herb!

          2. There's a good bakery in Del Mar, called Village Mill Bread Company. They make a seeded bread called Pioneer that's one of my favorites. They also make incredible fruitcakes at Christmas-time, and very good breakfast pastries. They're about 15-20 minutes from La Jolla.

            http://www.yelp.com/biz/Oj7J9V1EXBSYy...

            1. I like the whole wheat walnut bread at Con Pane. I have read here and with bloggers that their sandwiches are good, too, though the service is slow so calling ahead is a good idea. They don't do all the usual bakery items, so they aren't a one stop like some of the other options, but the bread is quite good.

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              Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe
              1110 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106

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              1. re: amyzan

                They are also closed on Wednesdays, weirdly enough - and the place is quite far from La Jolla, though it's worth an occasional special trip. It would be fun to pick up a picnic and take it up to Cabrillo National Monument, at the tip of Point Loma. I really like their roast beef sandwich with goat cheese tomato and onion.