Beth's Community Kitchen (Mill Valley)
Beth's Community Kitchen is a bakery that opened recently in downtown Mill Valley. The few things I've had there have been from very good to stunning. The pecan pie is a less-gluey-filling version than "traditional" pecan pie and has intense flavor. The current scone was probably the best scone I've ever had. You need to check this place out.
Article about owner Beth Setrakian: http://millvalley.patch.com/articles/without-further-ado-beth-s-opens-its-doors
A few photos: http://ruthvenphotos.com/beths-mv
Beth's Community Kitchen
34 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941
The slice of pecan pie I had last week was completely crystallized, like a piece of praline candy from New Orleans.
But I did grab what's called a filled donut hole, $1. These turn out to be the punched out center hole of a faux-cronut filled with pastry cream. They're as wonderful as can be and just the right size bite of the ultra-rich concoction. Very thin layer of flakey pastry, less than 1/8", that crackles when you bite into it, and the pastry cream is decadently velvety and scented with vanilla.
We've been waiting for Beth's to open for what seems like a couple of years, and since it's opened, we've tried several of her items.
Overall they are excellent, and I'd agree with Malcolm - from very good to superb. The little cookies are wonderful and highly addictive, the scones are top rate and yesterday I had an apple turnover that combined excellent flaky pastry with a nice, fresh tart apple filling. On an earlier visit, late afternoon, much of their stock was gone, but I sampled the tomato foccacia and it was excellent - bright tomatoes (both fresh and sun-dried) and perfectly chewy foccacia texture.
There are few great bakeries in Marin (another new one worth a visit is SweetLife up in San Anselmo) and we feel fortunate to have one of the good ones this close to home!