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Jun 6, 2008 08:06 AM

Bakery for Lemon dessert - Westside

We're giving a co-worker a birthday party, and she's a lemon lover. What's a good suggestion for a wonderful lemon dessert from a bakery? It needs to be on the west side. We'll pick it up in the morning for an afternoon party at the office.

Her party is next week.

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  1. This might be less upscale than what you were looking for, but Trader Joe's has a Lemon Tarte in their bakery section that has good, flaky pastry and a tart, lemony filling that is surprisingly good. The lemon is jammy rather than creamy. It is on the racks, not chilled or frozen, and can be found usually after the breads as you come in and before you get to the cold cases. A fullsize one that can easily serve 6 or 8 goes for either $5.99 or $6.99. If you have a freezer you can supplement with some of their sorbet, or get one of their frozen items that can thaw in the fridge before serving.

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    1. re: nosh

      That lemon tart may be familiar to some as I hear it comes from the commercial bakery of Sweet Lady Jane... Hate their attitude, love their lemons...

    2. Euro Pane in Pasadena serves a pretty good lemon bar. I'm not sure, but you may be able to order an platter of lemon bars if you call them and order in advance.

      Euro Pane Bakery
      950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106

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      1. re: wildcard000

        And a wonderful (2nd best in USA) Lemon Tart!!! I also love the Lemon Meringue Tart at sweet lady janes, yea I know - blah blah blah, overpriced but damn good!!!

      2. i can't remember the name of the cake, and it must be pre-ordered, but coco's makes a terrific cake: it is layered, and in between the cake layers are layers of lemon curd. it is NOT a frosted nor iced cake. the folks at any coco's, i'm sure, will know the name of the cake.

        1. I like the appearance of the lemon meringue tartlets at Bread Bar, although I have yet to try them. However, since I have seen them, I have not stopped thinking about them! The meringue is just perfectly baked.

          I suspect there is a 'Hound lurking somewhere nearby that can tell us how they taste. I like everything I have tried at Bread Bar, including some fruit bread that was seasonal, so I can only guess that these lemon tarts are delicious!

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          1. re: liu

            They taste about as good as they look.

            1. re: glutton

              This is good to know, glutton; I wasn't expecting to be disappointed at Bread Bar!

          2. Jamaica's Cakes on the westside has WONDERFUL lemon bars and other yummy desserts. The owners are very nice as well. Check it out:

            11511 W. Pico Blvd.