Flour and Co. Berkeley

The open decor at Flour and Co.’s new Berkeley location

UPDATE: This location closed on Aug. 1, 2016 because of reportedly low foot traffic.

Flour and Co. is a new bakery in the middle of University Avenue in Berkeley, taking over the spot once occupied by another bakery, the Bread Workshop.

The 2-months-old bakery and cafe is the second location of owner Emily Day, who opened her first bakery in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood. I haven’t been to the San Francisco location, but the Berkeley cafe is spacious and bright, and filled with a lot of items to purchase, from breakfast and lunch items to counters stocked with baked goods.

On my first visit, I tried a mini monkey bread that was airy and fragrant with cinnamon flavor, and I really enjoyed the balanced cream cheese frosting that wasn’t too sweet. I also had a dark chocolate brownie that was like eating a molten chocolate cake with its rich, decadent chocolate.

On a second visit I tried a slice of seasonal pumpkin spice cake, but this time the cake seemed dense and slightly dry around the edges like it was from the day-old section. (Note: This was a Sunday, so maybe the kitchen isn’t open on Sunday?) But the frosting was just as balanced as the other items.

Both times I had a soy latte made with Stumptown Coffee, the popular brand from Portland, Ore.

Despite what might be some quality control issues with items left in the counter, I still find the selection and friendly space at Flour and Co. to be a welcomed addition to this quiet stretch of University Avenue. While it’s not a spot with a lot of walk-in traffic, I saw a lot of people making an effort to stop by for their favorite baked goods so Flour and Co. is starting to build a following.

The deets: Flour and Co., 1398 University Ave., Berkeley. PH: 510.883.3650. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.flourandco.com

Flour and Co. bread pudding

Whimsical signs on some items like this bread pudding.

Carrot cake

Cakes sold whole or by the slice, like this carrot cake

Breakfast items for sale

Breakfast items for sale

brownie and monkey bread

Dark chocolate brownie and mini monkey bread

Pumpkin spice cake

Slice of pumpkin spice cake

latte

Flour and Co. serves up brew from Portland-based Stumptown Coffee.

Some of Flour and Co.'s partners.

Some of Flour and Co.’s partners.

Flour and Co. opened in the former Bread Workshop on University Avenue.

Flour and Co. opened in the former Bread Workshop on University Avenue.

One Response to Discovering Flour and Co.’s East Bay Location in Berkeley

  1. Carolyn Jung says:

    I always love a good bakery. I hope that pumpkin cake becomes more consistent because it definitely looks worth every calorie.