Citysearch Editorial Review.
Even in the wintertime, the Summer Kitchen Bakeshop evinces the crisp, clean days of summer with a spotless, country-styled look, though it seems torn from the pages of a Restoration Hardware catalog rather than a field in Iowa. The focus here is top-notch to-go foods made with local ingredients handpicked from sustainable fisheries, ranchers, cheese makers, and farmers. The menu changes daily, but there are some standards, such as Norma's fried chicken, and sandwiches, such as the Hearst Ranch meatballs with tomato sauce and provolone, or the bacon avocado with piquillo peppers--dreamy additions to any picnic basket. The on-site wood-fired pizza turns out delicious, crisp and piping-hot pies piled with artisan combinations like mushroom and leeks, or pancetta, tomato, and marjoram.