After months of watching the old Subway remodel on San Pablo Dam Road, and the new sign going up, and watching people working inside on my way home from work every night, finally the place just opened. Having seen the fictitious name filing recently in the newspaper, I thought maybe it was going to be a Mexican-style panderia. Wrong.
I stopped in today during the lunch hour. The place is sparkling new and clean. The presentation in the case is spartan, but appetizing. (They try to spread out not enough stuff too far, but I can't blame them just having opened). I took home two things; (1) mocha cream puffs, and (2) turnovers. 2 of each came to $4.50, total.
(1) Cream puffs. So-so. I don't know if they had been stuffed far too early, but the pastry wasn't very good. It didn't taste spoiled, however.
(2) Turnovers. Very very good pastry. I was impressed. Really flaky without grease all over my hands, and great flavor. More fruit filling would have been good, but overall, really good.
By far, the best baked goods on the Dam Road. Of course, a Costco pie would generally win the prize on this street. No longer if I want a baked sweet do I have to either gag on a Raley's piece of dreck, or go without.
Maria's Gourmet Pastries
3800 B SAN PABLO DAM RD, EL SOBRANTE, CA 94803