I love the babka. Very restrained and classic. Much less sweet than normal. Hits all the notes for grownup breakfast pastry. Also, my kids will fight to the death over it which is always charming. No really, a 2 year old stabbing a 4 year old over bittersweet chocolate makes my heart melt.
The chocolate bread pudding was fine but not something I'd choose again.
I do like the twice baked brioche although I miss the cherries and rose water from M. Silverton's original. Still, miles above the current incarnation at La Brea.
I've tried about half of their items so far, and I've loved about half of those. The others weren't at all bad, just a little less exciting.
Some of my favorites have been:
Sesame Date Scone
Jam Crumble Bar
Brunette with Pine Nuts and Thyme
And some kind of shortbread cookie.
But I'm surprised how many "too sweet" references appear in the small handful of posts here so far. Tastes do vary, but to mine, Short Cake seems to offer the least-sweet baked goods I have ever found in a bakery of its kind. Across the board, every item I have tried has been distinctly and pleasantly under sweetened.
We tried a bunch of things and overal they were pretty good.
TCHO Brownie- It was good with nice chunks of chocolate, but on the sweet side.
Brunette with Pine Nuts & Thyme- I prefer this one over brownie. It has a unique taste.
Chocolate Cinnamon Babka- it was good, but not worth the money
Twice-Baked Hazelnut- my brother and husband really liked this one, but I found it on the sweet side.
Bacon & Cheddar Croissant- We all really liked this one.
Comté & Thyme croissant- this one was good, but not worth the price.