Costeaux French Bakery & Cafe 417 Healdsburg Ave., (888) 355-0217, (707) 433-1913. B-L Tu-Sun; $. No reservations.
Family-owned and -operated since 1923, this bakery is choice for picking up picnic supplies or a pre-ordered ribbon-tied box lunch. Sit-down service includes sandwiches on housemade breads, delicious French onion soup, and selections from the awe-inspiring pastry case: cheesecake, cookies, fresh fruit tart, French pastries. The bakery is famous for its round sourdough pull-a-part bread--its country French bread is also very good--and once baked the world’s largest pumpkin pie in its oven. Breakfast is served all day and includes fresh-squeezed OJ and thick French toast made with the housemade cinnamon-walnut bread. Seating is either in the airy, high-ceilinged interior or outside on a pleasant sidewalk-side enclosed patio.
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