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Bear Claw Bakery & Pinole

gordon wing | Jan 2, 200401:07 PM

in the spirit of my overindulging - I headed out to ole Pinole and the Bear Claw Bakery. Someone who works with my wife is a fan of this small family owned bakery and Melanie had wondered about them, as well. I tried the namesake, bearclaw and an apple fritter. Liked the apple fritter more - it was crunchy on the outside and very moist with large chunks of apple but it was too rich (moist/oily) for my tastes - yes, I know that apple fritters are going to be somewhat oily from being deep fried to crispyness but I couldn't quite tell if the moistness was from all the apples and a moist batter or soaking up a bit too much oil while frying - in any event - one or two bites was OK but hard to finish a whole one. The bear claw - I have to admit that I don't usually order these so I'm not sure what an exemplary one should be. This one had a thin layer of pastry with a glaze and some sliced almonds on top with a generous filling of a mild tasting almond paste (?) - almost 3/4 of an inch thick - there was so much that it tasted somewhat gummy and it dominated to the point that i couldn't taste the pastry at all - pretty rich but also a bit much - or not enough? I wanted to like this homey little place more than I did - it seems like a gathering place for many locals. The search continues.....
Across the street, the Pear St. Bistro has an $11 "kobe" beef burger and an upscale look with a very current menu. Around the corner from the bakery is Blackie's Chicken & Burger - a small joint that has been frying chicken since the mid 60's - looks like it could be a find or very mediocre?

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