Archive for March, 2012

Dahlia Bakery

March 18, 2012

I have trouble fully buying into the Tom Douglas establishment, mainly because it seems too much like a business chain trying to take over the Seattle restaurant scene (and dictate trends and tastes). But, I’d heard enough good things about Dahlia Bakery in Belltown that I thought I’d better give it a try.

I was happy at how unpretentious (albeit tiny) the space was, especially compared to Dahlia Lounge next door. I did wish they served espresso (or at least coffee more interesting than Starbucks), but I was impressed with selection of baked goods.  The breads looked especially enticing, although I decided to stick to just desserts.

I ordered a small chocolate-cinnamon tart, a croissant, and since they’re famous for them, one of the coconut cream bite-sized pies.

Overall, I have to admit I was a little disappointed. The coconut cream pie was decadent and I did enjoy the coconut filling, but I didn’t need all the cream or particularly like the crust. I’ve never been a huge fan of this type of pie… so maybe I’m not the best judge. My friend who does like coconut cream pies thought it was excellent (and I know lots of Yelpers do too). The chocolate tart was complex and I liked the idea of cinnamon (one of my favorite spices) but I thought the overall effect was underwhelming (especially at a price tag of $6.50).  The croissant was really the only thing I was drawn to (very buttery inside, crisp outside, extremely fresh), but I think Honore and Besalu in Ballard do them better. Sorry Tom Douglas, I’m yet to be converted.



60th St Desserts

March 11, 2012

Despite being located at 74 St, 60th Street Desserts does a great job satisfying the Sand Point neighborhood’s bakery needs. Originally started as a wholesale business baking for local eateries, the bakery now has it’s own (very small) location right near Magnuson Park – perfect for an after-soccer treat.

Be aware that there’s no place to sit inside – bring your treats home or make a picnic in the park. The selection was a bit limited, but there are also whole cakes (frozen) that you can take home. I wish they sold more things by the slice, but I did manage to find a single slice of coffee cake which I quite enjoyed.  Even more enjoyable, however, was the mini Chocolate Decadence (also comes in cake size):

Also, who can resist these little guys?

Overall, an enjoyable food experience. I would return for the whole frozen cakes, especially of the chocolate variety (the traditional chocolate cake looks bomb).