9/11/2012 01:59:00 PM

7 Best Bakeries in the Bay Area and Beyond

Bakesale Betty made the list - who else did?
Sourdough loaves, pastries, cupcakes and more. When we're craving carbs, the area's many stellar bakeries are ready to give us our fix. But which are the best? Click through to see who made the list from our last survey, and be sure to give a shout-out to your favorites in the comments.

12 comments :

  1. Clearly you forgot Devils Teeth Baking Company in the outer Sunset on Noriega. I shouldn't even mention it or all the delicious doughnut muffins and decadent cinnamon buns will be gone when I get there!

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  2. How about FlourChyld in Novato??? They are unbeliveable!

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  3. wow, how could Model Bakery in St. Helena and Napa be overlooked. . English Muffins have been on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" and their late bake bread is outstanding and fresher than any other in the area by nearly a day!. . you can stop in around 2:00 in the afternoon for a hot baguette. . . omg!.

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  4. Crixa in Berkeley. Bovine Bakery in Point St. Reyes. Not a traditional bakery, but the new Craftsman and Wolves. Sweetie Pies in Napa. Sift in Napa.

    Plus, much of the Arizmendi menu comes directly from the Cheeseboard bakery!! The bakeries listed are very good, but hardly the 7 "best". Two I would not have included at all.

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  5. How could you overlook Casse Croute in Livermore? Check it out, friends. for a delightful bit of France here in the Bay Area. But, be sure to go there early in the day; their daily allotment is gone well before 2 PM.

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  6. Crisp Bake Shop in Sonoma does it all, including incredible wedding cakes, pastries, sandwiches and cold brewed coffee!

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  7. How could you miss Ponsford's Place in San Rafael run by Craig Ponsford, winner of the 1996 World Cup of Baking in Paris, who also started and ran Artisan Bakers for about 10 years until he made the mistake of partnering with Boidin who forced him out. Unfortunately, he is only open towards the end of the week but his little place has become a incredibly popular neighborhood hangout. Look for him and his bakery on Facebook.

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  8. Some great bakeries, but to skip BOTH Masse's Pastries (1469 Shattuck) AND Sweet Adeline Bakeshop (3350 Adeline, both in Berkeley) is an amazing gaffe. They are very different in style, but both are at the top of their class. Paul Masse and Jennifer Millar are geniuses. Get thee hence and EAT.

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  9. Perhaps the title could have been 7 Top Bakeries. Using "best" is probably unintentionally pejorative towards those not included.

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  10. It is not possible to have a "best" bakery list and not include Patisserie Angelica in Sebastopol....whose owners trained at Fauchon in Paris!

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  11. Although it's not really in the Bay Area, Wild Flour Bread in Freestone (next to Sebastopol) is worth the drive. So fresh and tasty!

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