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Best Bakeries or Baked Goods in San Diego?

What are some of your favorite places to go for freshly baked goods in San Diego County? I love VG's for donuts, but love Bread & Cie's jalapeno cheese bread and Opera for croissants. As a lover of all things baked, I'm looking for some recs. Thanks.

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  1. Agree with Bread & Cie great pecan rolls as well, I'd also add Con Pane.

    1. Mary's doughnuts in Santee and Panchita's in Golden Hills

      1. Cinnamon Rolls from Con Pane and the Cherry Lattice Pie from Elizabethan Desserts in Encinitas. 2nd the rec for Panchitas in Golden Hills.

        Elizabethan Desserts
        155 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA

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        1. re: DiningDiva

          Really almost any of Elizabethan's pies are great along with those buckles. But the signage from the street is kinda poor :). As an aside does anybody know where the SD German Society got their desserts for their Octoberfest? They seemed a little too polished for homemade, and the plum tart, that was one of their choices, was divine.

          1. re: littlestevie

            A 3rd for Elizabethan! She's got mad skills - the texture of her crusts and lattice on her mini-pies are just amazing. Love the tartness of her cherry lattice pies, but her chocolate concoctions are also very good.

            I have to say, though, that I never understood the appeal of VG's, or any of our local donut shops for that matter. Do they really stand that much apart? (However I do understand the special appeal of The Donut Man in Glendora; though they were a college staple, they still haven't lost their appeal when I returned some months ago with a decidedly different palate...)

        2. Arely's in Clairemont Square makes some very nice bread and pastries and an absolutely magnificent croissant.

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          1. re: deckape

            Yes. Agree. Surprisingly good. Love their Almond Croissant.

          2. bumping this thread to see if there are any newer additions to the list. come on, sd, there have to be more notable sweets and pastries than this!

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            1. re: tastycakes

              Trey Foshee recently commented that this new Mexican bakery in Encinitas was very good:


            2. Frustrating that a San Diego photographer captured the breads of Tartine in their beautiful bread book, and that all we have is Bread & Cie. Thank god for them, but please consider wood-fired and natural yeast breads, young San Diegoans who need a Calling. [Tried to delete and can't. Sorry to hijack this thread into Bread. It was on my mind.]

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              1. re: pickypicky

                FYI there's a baker who's showing up at Encinitas' Wednesday evening Farmer's Market with some really rustic wood-fired breads using natural yeasts. Apparently he bakes them in Blue Ribbon Pizzaeria's ovens.

                Though they look incredible, I got hooked on the heavy wood-ash aroma and taste of my favorite Firebrand wood-fired breads (Bay Area), and in (perhaps unfair) comparison was not the taste profile I was looking for. Still I may make it my local substitute.

                1. re: cgfan

                  THANKS! Do you have a name? Does he go to any other FM's? I'll keep a lookout.

                  1. re: pickypicky

                    Sorry PP, don't have a name for you, and I never did ask him if he shows up at any of the other markets. I suspect for the moment that he doesn't until he can scale up, with the Encinitas market being his home field market.

                2. re: pickypicky

                  Actually, Bread & Cie does use natural yeast, aka natural starter, as does our other great bakery here in San Diego, Con Pane Rustic Breads in Liberty Station. Are you referring to Tartine's Break book or a different book?

                  1. re: pickypicky

                    Agree with you about Tartine.....up in the Pacific Northwest I am also a huge fan of Ken's Artisan and Grand Central Bakery....have yet to find a bakery that sells pugliese style bread here in SD.

                    1. re: El Chevere

                      BTW. so there;s no confusion--I was referring to the Tartine in SF, not Coronado.

                  2. Fyi - discovered Darshan in Encinitas. Good croissants.

                    1. I like Azucar in Ocean Beach too - mostly for desserts

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                      1. re: karaethon

                        Oh yes, Azucar is very good. I love their meat pies especially, but enjoy their sweets as well. I love the mini coconut cake they have.

                        1. re: gator28

                          their mojito cookies and cupcakes are very good.

                      2. Peterson's Doughnut Corner in Escondido has the best cake doughnuts in San Diego IMHO. They're open 24 hours, which is also a plus.

                        Cupcakes Squared off of Voltaire in Pt. Loma is another one of our favorites. Those are a great treat every once in a while. My wife likes the carrot cake and I'm partial to the lilikoi, although they're all great.

                        The double fudge brownie sundae at Eclipse Chocolat is insanely good.

                        The brioche cinnamon rolls at Con Pane are pretty awesome, too.

                        I'll throw in an obligatory mention of Dudley's Bakery in Santa Ysabel since you like good jalapeno cheese bread. Not sure who's is the best, but we always pick some up when we're driving by.

                        You can hit Dudley's on the way up to Julian for a slice of pie (Julian Pie Co, Mom's), which should also get an obligatory mention here...

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                        1. re: ikeg

                          Cupcakes Squared was a little iffy when it first opened but they quickly found their footing. I really like their cupcakes too. The lilikoi is my favorite too, and we don't even want to talk about the brioche cinnamon rolls from Con Pane...OMG good.

                        2. Baked breads are not the same in every culture.

                          Middle Eastern Markets and bakeries, mostly in East County, make fresh flatbreads and rolls in the store along with sweets. Valley Market, El Cajon International Market and Kalins as well as Shakira Bakery in El Cajon all have hot fresh bread offerings daily along with various sweets.

                          Vine Ripe in La Mesa has an excellent selection of flatbreads and sweets.

                          Balboa International Market in San Diego makes a variety of fresh flatbreads and down two stores is Balboa Bakery with sweets.

                          Fresh tortas, bolilos and sweets can be found at all Northgate Gonzalez locations in the county. So many Mexican Markets have a tortilleria inside as well as bakeries.

                          1. Someone in another thread gave their thumbs up for Dos Palmas Panaderia and Grill. I tried to check it out today, but unfortunately they were already closed. According to the sign on their door, their hours are generally 6 am - 4 pm, closed Tuesdays.

                            A really impressive looking build-out; looks like a lot of money was invested in this space. Hope they can deliver more than just good looks!


                            1. Has anyone been to Pangea Bakery in Kearny Mesa?
                              The green onion roll and the custard roll look fab..
                              Anywhere to get a Taiwanese burger roll...saw it on the Food Channel..looked like a Kings Hawaiian burger roll but way better..


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                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                The taro buns are pretty good there.

                                If you like that stuff, take a trip with me up to Irvine sometime to 85C Bakery and you'll see a cornucopia of Taiwanese baked goods that'll blow your mind.

                                Liang's has Taiwanese gua-bao sometimes, but it's made with beef brisket and not pork belly.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  OMG...who knew Taiwanese bakeries are da bomb!
                                  85C Bakery looks out of this world good..
                                  Take off work right now and let's go...hee hee

                                  I don't think I've ever had Taiwanese food but I cannot wait to try it!!!
                                  Liang's is on the list...whats good for a non meat eater..seafood ok.


                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                    The thing to get at Lianga (at least in SD) is the beef roll.

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      Hmmm....BC's a vegetarian. Wonder if she'll make an exception in the name of market researc?

                                        1. re: Beach Chick

                                          Well, then cross off those Taiwanese burgers and the beef roll.

                                          But 85C is still all good. Esp. the sea salt coffee, or if you're totally evil, the salted caramel coffee.

                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                            DH would love the Taiwanese burgers and beef roll..
                                            I'll figure out something.
                                            Can't wait to go to 85C and to Liang's!
                                            Thanks Ipsy!

                                            1. re: Beach Chick

                                              Word to wise re: 85C.

                                              If you go during peak times (say anytime after they open on the weekends), expect a long wait, sometimes up to an hour or so.

                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                I'd say peak hours for 85C are like 11am to closing (on weekends) - you might find a small pocket around 3:30-4pm or so.

                                                Weekdays, you're good as long as you avoid 11-1:30 and 5-9pm or so