Capitola 3/08; Outstanding Gayle's Bakery and Gourmet Take Out
Highlights: Pecan Crocodiles, Potato Chip cookies, Croissant related items.Many other itemsbut they looked more regular- bakery- like and did not appeal to me.
sunny colorful, bustling, spacious, lots of seating; lots of friendly help. all the breads and sandwiches looked super. outdoor patio. big parking lot. lots of retired customers and lots of brand new babies (they should start a Gayle's Playgroup; I counted 4 newborns while we were there!).
A neighborhood gem that the whole town is proud of. We should all be so lucky...!
p.s. we only discovered gayle's and the very attractive town of Capitola, through a neighboring diner at Cafe Brazil in S Cruz.
Glad that you found Gayle's. It's been mentioned on this board a number of times for its lunch offerings, pastries, and bread. I don't go there much because I don't tend to eat lunch out and I don't spend much time in Capitola; however, I stopped in to get some bread the other day and was wowed by the look and variety of their desserts/baked goods!! I'd like to try their princess cake one day, and the hot cross buns looked good. I was in a bit of a hurry to get to work, but I plan on going again when I can leisurely look and then buy an array of tasty treats!! They just celebrated 30 years in business, and I don't see them slowing down...
In the Capitola Village area, Caruso's is good for Italian although it's been a while since I went. There's also a wine bar called Cava that carries a lot of local labels, but I have yet to go. Perhaps I should trek out to Capitola before all the tourists descend.
Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
504 Bay Ave, Capitola, CA 95010
Gayle & Joe Ortiz have been a Santa Cruz institution -- both they AND the store -- for 30 years! Gayle launched a whole string of what were locally known as "girl bakers" (Kelly's, Emily's, and at least one or two others), and Joe is famous for his breads.
Santa Cruz County wouldn't be the same without them . . .