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May 21, 2010 03:55 PM

Awesome bakery between Sunnyvale and Los Altos??

You Bay Area Hounds have been very helpful thus far and I hope that I may lean on your expertise once again.

We have been invited to a BBQ at a friends' place in Los Altos and we have been assigned the task of bringing dessert. Thus, I'm looking for a good European (would French or Viennese be too much to ask?) bakery somewhere between where I am in Santana Row and Los Altos. I'm not opposed to driving a few miles out of the way for a good lead though.

It would be great if we could pick up a clafouti or fresh fruit tart or something along those lines. Something richer than that wouldn't be bad either, but I think the group that will be assembled at this dinner would probably prefer something fruity. I would like to avoid mousse-based desserts because I have a personal texture phobia of mousse that is too gelatinous.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Santana Row
355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

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  1. Olson's sometimes have cherry pies, but since it's just before bing season I'm not sure about their supply. You can call and ask. And the local Brooks cherries I got there today (from Morgan Hill) are scrumptious, so you could get both pie and fresh fruit there.

    Sugar Butter Flour in Sunnyvale has yummy chocolate desserts, but I haven't tried any of their fruit offerings.


    C J Olson Cherries
    348 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

    Sugar Butter Flour
    669 S Bernardo Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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    1. re: mdg

      Yummmmm.... cherries..... I'll definitely have to give them a call to see if they have any cherry pies available.

      I was doing some additional research and came across Le Patisserie in Cupertino. Does anyone have any experience with them?

      1. re: Juniper

        Olson's will have out-of-season cherry pies with frozen cherries, but the quality is still excellent, so don't hesitate to ask them. Whole Foods' fruit tarts are good, but I like the ones from Draegar's better, but call the one in Los Altos and ask them to hold one for you.

        Le Patisserie in Cupertino is hit-and-miss: some things are great (chocolate cakes) and some are awful (princess cake tastes like Crisco). It is reviewed extensively on this board, so just search old threads. Have fun!

        Los Altos, Los Altos, CA

    2. its of el camino and lawrence, its an asian bakery but with european pastries, and the pastries don't overwhelm you with sugar

      1. Sugar, Butter, Flour is the best without a doubt!

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        1. re: openhelix

          a little out of the way, but how about fleur de cocoa in los gatos?

        2. I've seen Sugar, Butter, Flour recommended often; however, if you want something a little more accessible, get the fruit tart from Whole Foods. CANNOT go wrong with this dessert but do call ahead. One location on el camino in Los Altos, the other in Cupertino not far from 280/85.

          1. Esthers comes up a lot for something different. I can't make specific recs but I will see if i can pull up a thread or two.