1. French’s Pastry Bakery
French’s Pastry Bakery has been a part of the Orange County Community since 1965 when it opened its doors at the Costa Mesa Location. In 1996, the Mission Viejo location opened followed in 2005 by opening the Orange location.
The ownership and operations are all in the family as Manuel Gonzalez founded the Costa Mesa operation, and his children run the day-to-day operations. Mariana Gonzalez is the manager of the locations and her brothers Daniel and Edgar are the creative hands of French’s Pastry Bakery as they handle the cake décor at the Costa Mesa and Orange stores respectively.
The claim to fame at French’s Pastry Bakery is the Wagon Wheel coffee cake. For under $12, guests will receive a delicious coffee cake that they can adorn with chocolate chips and cream cheese or strawberries and cream cheese. The Danish itself is the size of a medium- sized pizza.
Another thing the bakery prides itself on is that it actually makes real whipped cream in house, which is something not many bakeries do because it is pricey. The turnaround time on desserts is another thing the bakery is renowned for as many bakeries require guests to order wedding cakes three months in advance; French’s Pastry Bakery will have a fresh original cake completed in a week.
French’s Pastry Bakery has been a top vote recipient in Best of Orange County for 27 years straight, and the store is very grateful to the community, workers, and staff for keeping the bakery on top so many years running.
— Jessie Dax-Setkus
Multiple locations; 85cbakerycafe.com
85°C, or 85 Degrees is a Taiwanese-inspired bakery chain that offers coffee, tea, cakes, assorted desserts, smoothies, fruit juices, and more. There are more than 1,000 stores worldwide and multiple locations in Orange County. The chain was founded in 2003 and opened its first U.S. location in Irvine in 2008. The store’s name is perfect temperature Wu Cheng-Hsueh, the founder, believed coffee should be served.
The chain is known for its sea salt coffee, which may sound interesting, but is a delightful blend of iced Americano coffee with sea salt whipped cream on top. It’s a must-try for all newbies to the shop.
Cakes come in all shapes and sizes including individual serving sizes too. Patrons can also get various fresh breads including puff pastry, savory breads, sweet breads, or toast. Kids will love the offering of slushes and smoothies too. Don’t forget to sign up for the 85°C rewards program too where users only have to download the app and present a barcode at checkout.
3. Cream Pan
602 El Camino Real, Tustin; 714-665-8239; creampanbakery.com
Cream Pan’s specialty is delectable custard-filled, strawberry croissants. Cream Pan takes a fresh take on baking and boasts a fusion of Japanese and French cuisine on its menu.
Since 2002, this bakery institution has been part of the community and welcomes in hungry Orange County locals on a daily basis. Cream Pan’s delightful French décor and tasty menu keeps eaters coming in time and time again.
Owned by Yoshinori Inada, this bakery has a little something for everyone. Come in for a sweet treat or sit down for lunch by noshing on a delicious sandwich. Lunch options include a scrumptious chicken katsu sandwich, a turkey avocado sandwich, egg salad, a yakisoba sandwich, and more. Don’t forget to bring home a freshly baked loaf of bread too.
Source: Thanks https://www.ocregister.com/2020/09/25/best-of-orange-county-2020-best-bakery/