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Lunch at Boniere Bakery, Alameda

Ruth Lafler | Sep 20, 200402:36 PM

My sister and I dropped into the Boniere Bakery on Park St. Saturday for lunch. The bakery was recently remodelled to refocus as a bakery-cafe. They reduced their line of baked goods, removed one of the bakery cases and created a seating area with several tables. The menu is made up of basic "California cafe" offerings: several salads, sandwiches (both cold and grilled), quiche, soup, etc. We shared a salad of baby spinach with pears, currants and candied walnuts that was sweet but good, and a turkey sandwich with "peppernade" (it had roasted red peppers and some sort of tapanade-type spread) on a ciabatta-style roll that was excellent. Both were plenty generous to share, so much so in fact that we decided to continue our outing (a surprisingly interesting quilt show nearby), and come back later for the desserts we'd been eyeing. The only downside was that although they have tables, they served everything in "to go" packaging, which made sharing our salad gracefully a challenge.

Almost overwhelmed with delicious-looking and sounding choices, I finally settled on a piece of chocolate apricot cake that did not disappoint.

The more of their wares I sample, the happier I am that they're in my neighborhood!


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