Yum Bakery vs. Pairings
Heavyweight match-up, in my opinion. Both offer outstanding, high quality food made to order. We've become huge fans of both.
Put a gun to my head and I choose Yum by a nose.....solely because of the Patty Cake.
But ask me tomorrow and I could easily choose Pairings.
Had high hopes for Pairings when they first opened and have had some good meals there in the past , but have become increasingly disenchanted (at least with the restaurant side).
Yum feels better managed, see a lot of long term staff, and is just generally a more reliable choice for a dinner. Their menu may be a little simpler in its ambitions than Pairings but at least they can prepare it.
On the other hand, last visit to Pairings was a couple of weeks ago - tried the spaghetti and meatballs (homemade!). Looked good, but the meatballs were cold, still refrigerator temp cold, once you got past the outermost layer. Explained the problem, server took it back to the kitchen without any fuss. A few minutes later brought me a new serving with steam pouring off the top and the pasta too hot to eat and and meatballs which were still <sigh> cold in the middle. I gave up at that point since they obviously didn't have any idea what they were doing, so I don't know if third time would have been the charm.