Maria’s Gourmet Pastries is an excellent family-run neighborhood bakery, reports rworange. It’s far, far better than other bakery options on San Pablo Dam Road. Seventy five cents gets you an excellent little “exotic turnover.” It’s a boring-looking little pastry which eats better than it looks–a deeply buttery turnover crust bursting with tart passion fruit and sweet mango. Two dollars gets you a nice piece of cheesecake (made with rich, fresh cream cheese) with at least a dozen fresh blueberries on top.

Also: free coffee.

Tip: some servers don’t speak English, but some do. Keep asking around; you’ll eventually get some English-friendly service.

Maria’s Gourmet Pastries [East Bay]
3800 San Pablo Dam Rd., El Sobrante

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