Good Bakeries in Sonoma or Santa Rosa?
- Morton the Mousse Apr 8, 2008 11:07 PM
I know Downtown is tops, but I'd like to avoid the schlep out to Healdsburg.
Any good bakeries with a nice selection of savory, breakfast goodies in the town of Sonoma, Santa Rosa, or in between? Does The Girl and The Fig have much of a bakery selection?
It's not a "bakery" exactly, but I think Chloe's French Cafe is an excellent choice for a tasty morning repast. They make delicious pastries, (the rest of their food is tasty as well!) and savoury breakfast choices include: " Croissant Soufflés...$3.25 Croissant dough base filled with a savory combination of breakfast fillings baked until golden and bubbly." (From the website)...linky in the places entry. It's a bit of an odd duck, seeing as how the Cafe is located inside an office building/complex, but don't let that fool you. Scrumptious things come out of that kitchen! According to the email I received today, their new "Spring Hours" are Monday-Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
For the town of Sonoma, I'm a big fan of the Basque Boulangerie Cafe. Love their breads...not too sure of their current savoury breakfast options though.
Basque Boulangerie Cafe
460 1st St E, Sonoma, CA 95476
I fully agree! Chloe's is great!
They are not "open" on weekends because they do catering. I'll bet that if they can, they will accomodate you on a weekend morning. They are very friendly and the goods are excellent. Oh man, the crescent with the strawberry jelly...oh, and the crescent soufle...ahhhhh
I hit Chloes at least once a week (but no, I don't get any kickbacks!) but I haven't been this week. I know where I'll be going tomorrow AM. :-)
re: Impatient Pete
One thing for Morton to keep in mind is that caterers in Santa Rosa often have much lower minimums than in the city. Worth a call as Chloe's might have a bigger brunch in the works for his dates and it would be easy for them to just make a little more. I've not tried the breakfast pastries here yet, but I did love the desserts crafted by the master baker. The savory breakfast tray description on the catering menu sounded like just the ticket.
Some other ideas might be Garden Court Cafe in Glen Ellen. Works for his casual lunch request, and it's known for breakfast and breakfast pastries. I've had the biscuits and scones and can recommend those items.
Della Fattoria in Petaluma might be closer than Santa Rosa, depending where in Sonoma one is originating.
Don't know much about Michelle Marie's in Santa Rosa other than the cannele. But I'll put it out there in case someone can tell us about it breakfast pastry-wise.
I'd also love to hear an update on Fiorini. The website looks much the same as I remember from a couple years ago, but now they're answering the phone "Fiorini Cakes and Cookies". Could be just a branding shift, or an indication of a more significant change.
141 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952
500 W Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476
Garden Court Cafe
13647 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen, CA 95442
Michelle Marie's Patisserie
2404 Magowan Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
720 W Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476
248 W Napa St, Sonoma, CA
Ok, took a look at who this was so my recs are different.
I've never been a fan of Basque Boulangerie Cafe. I don't get it. I think for a long time they were the only game in town. The only thing I've ever thought were any good were the rolls served at The Generals Daughter. Other than that .. meh ... REAL meh.
Behind Basque at La Salette their morning breakfast pastries are so good. The best are from their wood-fired oven. I think it can be a cozy place in the morning ... either eating at the bar facing the oven or on the sunny patio.
Sonoma Market has pastries and breads from most of the big local players like Bouchon.
The fig pantry makes a few things themselves with most of the other stuff from Sweetie Pie's ... except for the bagels which are from a local Sonoma bagel shop whose name is escaping me currently.
Is Napa in play or just Sonoma County?
Thanks for the replies.
To clarify - I'm putting together a platter of pastries for a group of people, so a large selection is ideal. I'll be taking it "to go" so the actual atmosphere of the place is irrelevant.
I don't want to schlep into Napa.
Chloe's looks perfect but I need something on Saturday and Sunday mornings, so that's out.
Can you tell me more about La Salette? The website says they're only open for lunch and dinner, except for Sunday brunch. No mention of breakfast/pastry service.
Sonoma Market is good to know about. If they've got a big selection from local places, that just might be perfect.
re: Morton the Mousse
Oh, ok ... forget La Salette. Not a large variety and while I think they would put something together for you ... it is more of a nice stop for a snack when in town rather than fulfilling what you need.
I haven't tried Artisan in Sonoma, but I've had their stuff at a lot of places like Whole Foods and Andronico's. So you can stop by one of these stores in this list and see if that is to your taste
IMO, Sonoma Market might be your best bet. The fig pantry could put something nice together too.
The reason I mentioned your tastes is that there is also Fiorinis, an Italian place with a nice selection. I like them, but basically the owner started at La Victoria pastry in North Beach and ... well, it is almost exactly like that but a little better. Sonoma Market also carries some of their stuff.
There's Scandia Bakery but I haven't tried and haven't read that much positive or negative.
Is Della Fratoriia in Petaluma out of your migration path? Or what about Fat Angel in Fairfax? I ahve yet to get to Fat Angel while it is open but from the glowing reports on this board and the fact it is organic ... it might be on-spot with you as well as providing a baked good most people haven't tried.
Artisan bakery on West First St. is quite good. Take a look there and see if they have what you want.
I like the Village Bakery next to Pacific Market in Santa Rosa. The Town and Country Center can be hard to spot while going by on Pacific if you haven't been there. They have quiches and other savory pastries as well as sweet, and they have Swedish cardamom rolls and great coffee cakes. Breads and rolls, too.
Village BakeryVillage Bakery
1445 Town and Country Dr
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Had a decent pain au chocolat from Full Circle Baking this morning at the farmers market. It was above average with good flavor, but a little bready. I would buy one again but pick a browner, crustier one. Full Circle distributes to many local grocers, so you might see these at Sonoma Market, if you end up there.
Full Circle Baking Co
10151 Main St, Penngrove, CA
1445 Town and Country Dr, Santa Rosa, CA
7225 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol, CA
You'll find lots of locals and visitors at:
Harvest Moon Cafe (indoor and outdoor seating)
Sunflower Caffe (indoor and outdoor seating)
El Dorado Kitchen (the front room at the corner offers coffee & ???) http://www.eldoradosonoma.com/restaurant
The Girl & The Fig has Sunday brunch (get reservations!).
Basque Boulangerie Cafe (little tables inside and out, kinda noisy)
Homegrown Baking Co for bagels
The first five are on the main square, three on same block, so you can check them out when you're out walking around.
Also, the Fremont Diner south of town has a great reputation for brunch and lunch.
Have fun, the weather is gorgeous.