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Photo by moi.

Where: Dahlia Bakery, 2001 4th Ave.

What Does $13 Get You? Many mini-treats: one lime meringue tart ($3.50), one vanilla bean cheesecake

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$13 at Dahlia Bakery

Tom Douglas' sophisticated sugar high.

dahlia.jpg

Photo by moi.

Where: Dahlia Bakery, 2001 4th Ave.

What Does $13 Get You? Many mini-treats: one lime meringue tart ($3.50), one vanilla bean cheesecake with glazed cherries ($3), one coconut cream pie bite ($1.50),  one chocolate truffle cookie ($2), one chocolate pecan creme cookie ($1.25), and one monstrous fig bar ($2). At a total of $13.25, we went over by a quarter.

Recommended? Incrementally.

I don't know too much about Tom Douglas' dining establishments, just that he has a lot of them, and they're fancy. I once had the $12 burger at Palace Kitchen, back when I didn't have a job and it felt like the most extravagant thing in the world. Ditto for the $2 cookies I'd buy from time to time when interning at the Vera Project, which used to be across the street from Douglas' Dahlia Lounge & Bakery. I'm certain the future residents of the blingtastic Escala condos (going up where Vera was) will enjoy the Bakery, and not have any issues about forking out for sugar at a buck per bite.

Nearby Sub Pop Records likes it too--General Manager Megan Jasper and two of her colleagues arrived at one of the cute, round outdoor tables (decorated with bright red flowerpots) just as my colleague and I left with our box o' sweets. Back at the office, it took a surprisingly long time for the vultures to tear into our midday gifts. Is the warm weather taking away even our cravings for chocolate? A few thoughts:

"I like the lime thingy best."

"I'm not loving it." (the fig bar)

"The tart, hands down!"

"That chocolate cookie is amazing."

I second that--along with bites of the cheesecake and coconut cake, I think I'm set for sweets all week. I'm surprised at how much we got for our money. Last week I bought two mini-cakes at Belle Epicurean, on the other end of 4th, that cost about the same. Over all, I'd definitely suggest a box of assorted Dahlia goods next time you want to impress your co-workers. They surely aren't as jaded as mine. :)

 
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