Ettore’s European Bakery & Restaurant 2376 Fair Oaks Blvd., (916) 482-0708. Sun 7am-2pm, M-Thur 6am-9pm, F-Sat 6am-10pm; $. No reservations.
Considering this popular spot has an Austrian pastry chef, it isn’t too surprising to find out Governor Schwarzenegger has been spotted here. But the whole town seems to enjoy the tasty soups (fresh corn bisque is divine), salads, and sandwiches (a veggie burger and pizza are also available), and most everyone saves room for dessert: Fresh Fruit Tart cake, a red velvet cupcake, or a slice of very refined white Princess cake layered with whipped cream and featuring a curved dome top frosted with green marzipan. Coming here regularly is positively dangerous to your waistline.
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