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Sussina Bakery?

1munchy1 Jul 14, 2009 08:56 AM

I was just given a big old gift card to here.

WHat should I go for?

It's $50!!!

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    posh Jul 16, 2009 07:21 PM

    Don't believe the haters. Susina is the best place for sweets in town.

    Polenta scones
    Chocolate croissants
    Tiny cookies
    Molten chocolate cakes
    Fruit tarts
    Pies (cherry or apple)
    Cakes (particularly the chocolate varieties, but carrot and berry are good too)
    Unusually strong peppermint tea

    Stay away from:
    Soups and sandwiches
    Almond tarts
    The cute things on the walls

    Like at any bakery, ask how fresh the cake is before they cut it. I've had a few pieces that weren't as moist as they should be, but they always point to the fresher stuff when I remember to ask.

    If you're buying whole cakes, $50 won't last long.

    Grouch that I am, those sweets makes me smile every time I go.

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      Clyde Jul 16, 2009 03:44 PM

      chocolate molten lava... mmm. the tarts are not great. i go here a lot, especially for lattes. the croissants and muffins are really good.

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        Bugg Superstar Jul 16, 2009 01:55 PM

        chocolate tart/pie is good!

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          1munchy1 Jul 15, 2009 08:14 AM

          Chocolate lave? Wow, sounds fudgy! They also serve food that is not dessert there? Someone told me that.

          I want goodies, of course, but I imagine $50 goes far in a bakery!

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          1. re: 1munchy1
            wutzizname Jul 15, 2009 08:35 AM

            I'd stay away from the "food that is not dessert" there. It's also not very good. The desserts are definitely where it's at. And $50 won't go as far there as it should.

            1. re: wutzizname
              schrutefarms Jul 15, 2009 10:11 AM

              I completely disagree. I love the food at Susina. The croissants are (IMO) the best in the city, esp. the one with baked tomato, carmelized onion, and cheese. I love love love their quiche, the sandwiches are great (and come with a side of cornichons, which I love). Good fruit salad (lots of berries and kiwi, not just "filler fruit" like melon and cantaloup), and their fresh made soups always rock. The desserts go without saying-I picked up a pear tart last month, heated it in the oven, and it was amazing!! They also have great candy (like the sea salt caramels), but the only thing that kind of sucks is the lemonade. And BTW, $50 won't really go that far at Susina.

              1. re: schrutefarms
                1munchy1 Jul 16, 2009 08:49 AM

                Really? :( Will it get me at least a good selection of baked things? I wanted to get a few different slices of cake, take them home, invite one or two people over and have a cake tasting party.

                1. re: 1munchy1
                  schrutefarms Jul 16, 2009 11:03 AM

                  $50 will for sure get you quite a few slices of cake, maybe with some change.

                2. re: schrutefarms
                  wutzizname Jul 16, 2009 02:09 PM

                  I''m a big fan of Susina in general, but it's very hit or miss. And while I've never tried their quiche or soups, I've found all their sandwiches and salads to be huge disappointments. I also haven't tried the savory croissant you described, but I have had the plain, chocolate and almond, and I wouldn't even put them in the city's top ten. At Susina, the cakes, cookies, pies and bread pudding are where it's at. And I love their scones (especially apricot ginger, raspberry polenta and chocolate cherry).

                3. re: wutzizname
                  rednyellow Jul 16, 2009 04:06 PM

                  I tried Susina once. The cake was ok, nothing more and the soup was terrible, bland and oily.

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                bulavinaka Jul 14, 2009 07:18 PM

                The chocolate lava cake is pretty killer.

                1. Steve2 in LA Jul 14, 2009 01:45 PM

                  I'll second the Berry Cream Cake and the Italian Cookies. While a bit more mundane, their croissants and other pastries are first class as well. Good thing I live in the Valley, otherwise I'd go more often and have to spend all my money expanding the doorways in my home. Aughhh!

                  1. soniabegonia Jul 14, 2009 10:28 AM

                    Get an assortment of their Italian cookies!! Love those.

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                    1. re: soniabegonia
                      choctastic Jul 14, 2009 03:52 PM

                      Honestly, the main thing I like about this place are the little cookies. The cakes are meh imho. The tarts are also meh. Haven't tried the croissants.

                    2. Dommy Jul 14, 2009 09:34 AM

                      Sweet!! (quite literally!) They have a berry cake which should be extra delish this season!! :)


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                      1. re: Dommy
                        1munchy1 Jul 14, 2009 10:24 AM

                        Excuse me for sounding idiotic, but what kind of berries?

                        1. re: 1munchy1
                          Dommy Jul 14, 2009 10:32 AM

                          All Kinds! Chezpei has a nice write up about it!


                          And whole it's quite lovely...


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                            1munchy1 Jul 14, 2009 10:58 AM

                            IS this it? YUM!


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                              Dommy Jul 14, 2009 01:16 PM

                              Yup! :)


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                                1munchy1 Jul 14, 2009 01:25 PM

                                oog. I bet they have good chocolate, too!

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