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“Great pastries, service, and coffee”

Karen Donatelli Bakery and Cafe
Ranked #5 of 25 Bakeries in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $10
Cuisines: Cafe
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Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great pastries, service, and coffee”
Reviewed October 16, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Haven't had pastries this good since visiting Vienna several months ago. The service was excellent - very kind, knowledgeable staff, that are eager to help with pastry recs.

Unlike every single other coffee shop in Asheville, this place was neither self-righteous nor pretentious. There's nothing I hate more in an Asheville coffee shops than being asked "Did you want that how Starbuck's makes it?" - referring to an order of an espresso macchiato. Coffee baristas of Asheville, realize that not only does Starbucks serve true espresso macchiatos, but most of the time it's better than what you make. Karen Donatelli is an exception. Great coffee and espresso, and literally out of the 5 other coffee shops I've been to in Asheville over the years, it's the only one not to ask me that question. That made my day.

Visited September 2013
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Tennessee
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Surely, you're better.”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

The atmosphere is there, the service was spot on and the location was ideal. We stopped in early one afternoon around 3pm. The cap and espresso were very potent (liked) but the flavor was off a bit (didn't). The desserts were the major disappointment. While I could tell the quality, aesthetics and effort were in place but alas, my tart tasted like it had been sitting under glass for a while. I'm they're better than this. Next time, then...

  • Visited October 2013
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Savannah, GA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Do not miss this place”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

The reviews were spot on! Stopped in for a fig tart and coffees. The treats were only topped by the very nice staff. Loved it

  • Visited September 2013
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Crisfield, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“you won't want to miss this place...”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

If you love lemon curd, try the lemon curd tart with meringue. It is fantastic!!! Don't know about the coffee or the other sweets but if they are as good as that lemon tart you won't want to miss this place.

Visited September 2013
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Asheville
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167 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Fabulous Cookies!!!”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I stopped by Karen Donatelli's the other day and had one of their Chocolate Chip & Macadamia
nut cookies. All I can say is "WOW!!!!!" They are delicious and affordable. I am never less than thrilled with whatever treat I get there.

  • Visited August 2013
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