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Aug 31, 2011 01:57 PM

Boniere bakery re-start

once part of the time-warp part of Lincoln on the grand isle of Alameda, it's just risen again in Oakland. on the 3200 block of Grand Ave., directly across the Grand Bakery (traditional Jewish-american), it has a more minimalist space compared to its former digs but the cakes and pastries look much the same. from the sample piece of banana nut pound cake, they do the conventional euro-american sweet stuff as competently as ever. four different kinds of coffee cake, only 7.50 for a whole cake, and plenty of cakes, pies, danishes, cookies in the display cases and cooler.

Grand Bakery
3264 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

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  1. Thanks for the info. Yes, the do the kinds of classic American baked goods you'd see in a supermarket bakery, but they do them well, without all the additives, HFCS, transfats, etc.

      1. re: wolfe

        actually i did ask about donuts, because they used to make them from plain ingredients instead of the formulated mixes, going by the appearance and taste of my sample about ten years ago, but their response was that space limitations excluded some items from their previous inventory. regular sources for malasadas in this corner of alta california remain one place in Hayward, one or two bakeries on Alum Rock Ave. in 'little Portugal', S.Jose, and another in Santa Clara. none of them to my knowledge make them continuously through the day, and they would require a phone call to confirm their availability. Popular Bakery in S.Jose might do them only at particular times of the year. there was a Hawai'ian plate lunch/ take out place in Emeryville that made them, but doubtful if they're still in bidness, and they weren't good enough for me to try more than one time.

        fans of malasadas might consider an alternative, the egg puffs made in the renamed place in oaktown, corner of Webster and Eighth that used to be Delicious Food, and apparently they're a staple at Cooking Papa in Foster City.

        correction on the former location of Boniere -- Park Ave, not Lincoln.

        Popular Bakery
        1636 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116

        Cooking Papa
        2830 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

        1. re: wolfe

          In the Alameda days they only had malasadas around Easter. To bad about the donuts -- you're right, they were excellent, especially the cake donuts.