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“Beyond Fantastic”
Review of Knead

Knead
Ranked #1 of 3 Dessert in Ojai
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Beyond Fantastic”
Reviewed February 5, 2014

Ojai is a funny town for food - and this traveler has eaten in almost every establishment over the last dozen years or so. Without question, if anyone asks, Knead is the only bakery/restaurant that can earn my excellent rating without any hedging AND this rating is given with confidence that the standards will remain high over time and everything will be consistently excellent---as long as Bobbie and family are the bakers and chefs and owners. Ojai restaurants break down into categories: hotel food---such as the restaurants at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa-which I see are highly rated, irrespective of the uneven nature of any given meal---dependent upon who the chefs are as well as the mood of the non-union, rarely full time, and generally cranky, other resort employees in food service and otherwise. The food at the hotel simply is inconsistent and in my opinion over-rated and expensive when compared with other highly rated hotels in the world. The next Ojai food category lumps Foodie and Healthy eating together: where all the bragging and hype is just that. The talk about local sourcing may be true but there's nothing innovative or inspired or worthy of a recommendation. . . just a lot of press and frankly, some of these places seem. . . dirty, hygiene wise. The last category is that occupied by Knead: a charming local place run by a charming transplant family---Boston (I think) to Ojai. It is definitely family owned and operated . . . and non family employees are also NICE, talented, sweet---everyone seemingly loves what they are doing. The result? DELICIOUS SUCCESS! All the Time. No Misses! As such, KNEAD IS the one place that you need to eat while you are in town. And, if you can, you should have a breakfast and a lunch (sometimes it is open for dinner, but that might have been a summer-time trial balloon). And, bring HOME anything from the bakery that you can pack up properly to enjoy later. The breads are fantastic, the brioche is particularly sublime. Of the cookies, the slighly lemon flavored short bread and the cookie with cranberries white chocolate and oatmeal served up by the register, yum yum yum. Oh, the baby ginger cookies. . . insanely good. A favorite lunch of mine is the flatbread pizza, though I admit that I remain torn between the potato one and the sun dried tomato one. A half a short bread pizza and the FRESH salad greens that they dress for you individually with amazing olive oil and meyer lemons. . . fantastic. The little tarts---lemon, pumpkin during some times of year, apple, in amazing crusts and with beautiful and tasty little cookies or fruit on top? Yum. And the butter cake? OMG. My favorites seem to be simple clean fresh tastes. . . but there are cakes with marzipan and other flavors that are more sophisticated too. Everything is made with the highest quality ingredients, you can TASTE that, everything is SO fresh, with local fruit/oils/etc involved, the place is clean, spotless and immaculate and most important: everything is clearly made with love. At the end of the day, everyone is NICE. This is NOT the Ojai fake smile and hypocrisy given by the locals to your face while you can almost hear them muttering "tourist" derisively under their breath. KNEAD. It's not more expensive than food at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, but it is more expensive than some other places in town- - - -but it's worth it, and it surpasses all the rest.

  • Visited February 2014
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Bread Plus”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

Really yummy bread looks like it's all made on premises, whole wheat English muffin with eggs prosciutto and arugula was delicious. Sit outside on the shady/sunny patio. Great breakfast sandwich, my best of the year (so far).

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank MarthaMcCully
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Ojai, California
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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“Great Bakery in Town”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

Knead does an excellent job with its ingredients and offerings. My only complaint is it's a bit expensive for regular visits.

Visited June 2013
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Thank TravelinFuel_3
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Folsom, California
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good bakery”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

My friend and I stopped at Knead to enjoy a breakfast. It was smaller and much more casual than I expected. Since the review were so good we decided to give it a try. It was okay. We actually ate at a different breakfast place the second day we were in ojai.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank CorineAmato
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Los Angeles
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“I Need Knead!”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

Oh man, this place was amazing. The aroma of baking bread was wafting out onto the patio and sidewalk, it's the kind of place you walk by and your mouth waters. The smell might even float you in like in the old cartoons. We had salads with home made crackers which were incredible, (I know, it's just a cracker, right?) Would love to go back and try everything. I'll be the one passed out on the patio with chocolate smeared on her face.

Visited August 2013
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Thank flymonkey
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