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August 4, 2015

Whole baked

Filed under: Alameda, Business — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

Usually I keep my warm fuzzy posts for Fridays, but it’s the summer and things are a little slow and not so serious anyway, so I wanted to rave about Crispian Bakery which just opened up at PV Square.  PV Square is that development on Park Street across from the Alameda Marketplace which a lot of people turn their noses up at because it’s not aesthetically pleasing or whatever.  Plus the whole drama with the old house displaced for parking and you make for not a stellar back story.

Anyway, after the moving in of Alameda Island Brewing Company — which earns solid reviews on Yelp — and some other assorted business you would think the work of the leasing folks was done.  Not so, PV Square has brought to Alameda a brick and mortar that folks should be flocking to in droves because it is that damn good.

The back story of the two leads is totally compelling enough to get you through the doors, but the delicious goodies will keep you coming back.  I tried to get some stuff on Friday during the soft opening but by 5:00 p.m. they had long sold out all the baked goods.

On Sunday I had much better luck and after demolishing an epi and five fruit financiers (I swear I didn’t eat them all) I had to return sheepishly to get more goods, including their french onion soup bread upon recommendation by a trusted source on Facebook.

That bread. was. insane.  Plus it was beautiful.  The crumb was amazing.  The biggest holes I have ever seen.  I wish I had been in the right frame of mind to snap a photo because it was perfection.

Also according to the folks manning the counter that day, they sold out of all their croissants within 30 minutes of opening on Sunday.

This is the type of establishment that folks say that they want.  Artisan. Local. Small Business. Creative. Not a nail shop.  I hope that Alamedans will support its existence by eating lots and lots of pastries and bread.


  1. Agreed – this shop is FABULOUS! And just as lovely the owners are DARLING and enthusiastic and customer service oriented. Try the focaccia, ANY of them, beyond words delicious – the granola? Sublime! And they will do gluten free upon request! Such a wonderful addition to the island!!

    Comment by Lisa — August 4, 2015 @ 7:39 am

  2. 1: Agreed, Lisa.

    I first tasted Beth and Christian’s delicious pastries and breads at the Tuesday and Saturday Alameda Farmer’s Markets, where they have been previewing their financiers, galettes, bread puddings, focaccia, granola, and other delights for about 6 months: I was hooked at first bite.

    As Lauren says, “…folks should be flocking to in droves because it is that damn good.”

    It was, it is, and it will get even better. (It’s hard to believe, but they are still in “start-up” mode, getting used to their brand-new kitchen, ovens, and facility after baking in a rented commercial kitchen space in Oakland.)

    Crispian Bakery is truly a family-style operation: family-owned and run. They are invested in the bakery and in Alameda, and Crispian will only get better: among other things, their permits for sidewalk seating are still being reviewed at city hall.

    1700 Park St (@ Buena Vista Ave.)
    Alameda, CA 94501


    Tuesday-Saturday: 7am-7pm
    Sunday: 7am-3pm
    Closed Monday

    ABOUT PARKING: There is a decent parking lot BEHIND the PV Square building off of Buena Vista, east of Park Street.
    The PV Square parking lot is being inappropriately used by lots of Alameda Marketplace customers but there is still room, especially if you come to Crispian early enough in the morning to actually get some of their breads and pastries. 😉

    Bon apetit!


    PS–Anyone have any good suggestions for weight loss clinics? 😉

    Comment by Jon Spangler — August 4, 2015 @ 3:46 pm

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