Chilebrown at home

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Having a sweet tooth, curse or never ending pleasure? I choose the latter. Cakes, cookies, pies, and especially pecan pies are foods that I adore. Whenever we come across a new or special bakery we like to explore. 'Gregory's Gourmet Desserts' is our latest find. This may be categorized as an 'Underground Bakery' literally. Gregory's is located on the edge of the inner downtown Oakland California. It is tucked away on a side street by numerous parking structures. There only is a small sign to indicate your arrival. Even then you will not be sure there is a bakery. There is no storefront but only a short flight of stairs leading to a unmarked door. Gregory's is only open two days a week and for only a couple of hours. Yes, this is an 'Underground Bakery"

Our parking karma was present, sort of. Gregory's is located around numerous parking structures. These lots offer all day parking for the local downtown workers. It did not seem prudent to pay fifteen dollars to pick up some sweets so we looked for the very few metered spots on the street. We circled the block and decided that I would get out while Ms. Goofy revved the engine double parked out front. While I was inside a spot did open up on the same block. The streak lives on.

You descend a short flight of stairs and open the door. I was not sure what to expect. I was wondering if you needed a password. The door opened to a familiar odor of sweet baked goodies. I had to be careful opening the door because there was another person inside. We did the dance through the door and entered a very small hallway. This hallway had a table and a couple of racks with numerous baked goods. That is all she wrote,this place is tiny. A very helpful clerk excitingly told me about the products and offered a couple of samples. It may of been unfair to offer these samples because of my sweet-tooth weakness.

Gregory's is known for their decadent cheesecake. I can personalty vouch for that. Cookies are just like mom used to make. We had a chocolate cupcake that would satisfy any chocolate fiend like myself. Ms. Goofy had a lemon bar that was great but she longed for a little more lemon sweet goo. We plan to return very soon. There are so many more sweets to try. I just hope our parking karma has not run out.

Gregory's Gourmet Dessets
265 23rd Av.
Oakland, Ca.
Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00am till 4:00pm


Three Dogs BBQ said...

We were just commenting at work the other day that the neighborhood bakery is a dying business. It is good to see that some places are making it work.

Chilebrown said...

Three Dogs BBQ, As long as I am around they will get support. I may make a trip this week.

Greg said...

I think parking karma is a lifetime deal. Cheesecake is one of my favorites. I like mine plain.Your photo looks good.

Chilebrown said...

Greg, It seems like I have always found parking. I kind of expect it now and thought we were going to be skunked this trip. The streak lives on.

Greg said...

Some good old boys still live in Marin :)
They seem to get great reviews. I'm glad to see a business survive and thrive in today's marketplace.

Chilebrown said...

Greg, I cannot picture good old boys in tie dye. Only in Marin.