Downtown Bakery and Creamery 308-A Center St., (707) 431-2719. Tu-Sun 7-3. No cards.
|ice cream counter at Downtown Bakery and Creamery |
in Healdsburg, California
Co-owner Lindsey Shere did time in the kitchen at Berkeley's renowned Chez Panisse. She also wrote the best-selling cookbook Chez Panisse Desserts. So the exceptional hand-shaped, slow-rise breads and the pastries and ice creams produced in her kitchen here are not a complete surprise. When available, the focaccia, sticky buns (best heated), donut muffins, and fruit turnovers are a must. On warm Wine Country days, it is a refreshing pleasure to indulge in one of the shop's old-fashioned milkshakes or sundaes, and it’s always a good idea to purchase frozen cookie dough to bake at home. Organically grown, freshly milled flours are used, and produce and dairy products are organic and locally produced whenever possible. Simple lunch items including sandwiches and pizza are available, and indoor seating is provided at copper-topped tables.