November 23, 2020

Kensington: Semifreddi’s; restaurant review

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Semifreddi’s  372 Colusa Ave., in Kensington, (510) 596-9935.  Daily 7:30am-3pm; $. 

exterior of Semifreddi's bakery in Kensington, California
exterior of Semifreddi's bakery in Kensington, California


Now headquartered in Alameda but still family-owned and –operated, this little bakery shop situated by the Kensington round-about has been in business since 1984.  Many customers stop by for a fresh baguette and some of the European-style pastries to go (the delicious cinnamon morning muffin is a personal favorite).  Others opt for a coffee or a sandwich from the enticing selection.  I usually pick up a rustic sour loaf--which is sliced upon request--and sometimes a bag of super garlic croutons.  I also call my order in early in the day because they do tend to run out of items before closing.  Inside seating is minimal, but a small, pleasant free area provides some outside seating.  

morning bun from Semifreddi's bakery in Kensington, California
morning bun from Semifreddi's bakery in Kensington, California



pecan swirl from Semifreddi's bakery in Kensington, California
pecan swirl from Semifreddi's bakery in Kensington, California


2020 pandemic update:  A socially-distanced line is usually waiting outside.  Ordering and pick-up occurs just inside the door in an area with plenty of protective plastic windows.  However, the credit card machine requires you to hold on to it while swiping a credit card, and no hand sanitizer is provided so be prepared with your own.  


socially-distanced line at Semifreddi's bakery in Kensington, California
socially-distanced line at Semifreddi's bakery in Kensington, California





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