Tucked away in the industrial zone of Redwood City is a little-known oasis - the French bakery for Cocola. Foodies who frequent Santana Row and SF probably know the café as another top place to savor pastries and espresso. And if you're a French macaroon fan, this is your haven.
At my first visit to Cocola, the owner graciously gave my two kids a tour of the bakery behind the tiny retail storefront. The kids loved seeing the giant-size equipment and the team of bakers turning out the delicacies they had seen in the display cases. Since then, I've been stopping by whenever I happen to be within a mile of the bakery.
Yesterday I had Cocola help cater a baby shower. In addition to providing sandwiches and their simple but delicious mixed-green salad, they baked half-size versions of their decadent butter croissants. I special-ordered the plain, chocolate, and ham-and-Swiss varieties for the party, but almond is my usual favorite.
Service at Cocola was flawless, and the whole experience was hassle-free. They even accommodated a change in quantity just a few hours before pick-up time. The sandwiches were beautifully presented on gold cardboard trays and shrink-wrapped for freshness. I'll definitely order from them in the future.
Food prices at the Redwood City location are more affordable than at the premium city spaces; however, seating is very limited. I've added Cocola to by GPS, and, if you can find it, it's an indulgence worthy of the detour.
Cocola Bakery, 2810 Bay Road, Redwood City, CA 94061, (408) 533-8498