This is the only dedicated gluten-free bakery in the area. The ham and cheese savory rolls are amazing. Come here early on the weekends for croissants.
FABULOUS!!! I was just visiting the area ans stumbled upon this lovely place. I had my first ever croissant! All the baked goods are great and so well made! The staff is so personable. It's been so long since I've been able to confidently go out for breakfast.... and I also ordered lunch and some snacks to go. I will definitely be back again! A must do for Celiacs in the area!
Sorry for the very tardy review, Melinda. My East coast hometown has a significant void, so when I go on vacation, I seek out GF bakeries as a special treat. Last October, we spent a glorious week in Santa Cruz. Meeting Melinda and sampling her fare were trip highlights. Even my gluten-eating husband loved Melinda’s donuts and the berry strudel. Highly recommended!!
COME HERE!!! Great options. Delicious too. Insane breakfast croissants. Be early if you want one. Very knowledgeable. Very helpful. Very very good!!! Donuts! Vegan! #AllTheThings. We will be back!
We went late in the day so most of the baked goods were sold out, but the mint & coconut donut was divine! It was the perfect appetizer to the ham sandwich ;) Staff was very friendly and helpful with my additional allergen needs.
Their sandwich bread is fantastic! I am going to pick some up every time I am in that area.
4 days in Santa Cruz, and 4 visits to Melinda's! Big fans of everything we tried (donuts, bagels, savory and sweet monkey breads, danishes, fritters...).
So yummy!!! All gluten free. Not to mention super lovely humans working there! Thanks coco!
We have been going to Melinda’s since they opened. It’s not possible to write a positive review that would express how incredible they are. If your in town your missing out if you have not been here yet. Go and enjoy !
Best GF sourdough bread and croissant I’ve had ! Friendly staff! I would highly recommend !!!
great ham and cheese croissants!!! ( I found the cinnamon roll too rubbery, but made up for it with second croissant. )
They are so freaking nice! oh and the baked goods are amazing. go early to get get g free and non diary though, it's that good.
Melinda’s has always been a cornerstone of the gluten free community in Santa Cruz. Been coming here since they opened and they never fail to deliver on the goods! Cinnamon rolls are substantially spiced inside and loaded with icing outside. Donuts are delicious. And the ham and cheese rolls are amazing. Besides the food, the customer service has always been excellent. Thanks for all you do!
My husband (who does not have to eat gluten free) even commented on how good the gf sandwich bread was! We also enjoyed a maple glazed donut and ginger snaps. All wonderful! I love finding dedicated gf places when traveling!
fresh daily menu, amazing!
Amazing, super good baked items!!
best GF bread. many choices!
I am always excited to visit GF bakeries when I'm in new areas so I had high hopes for this place. I bought a little of everything croissants, donuts, sandwich, and danish. All items were moist and tasted fine but each one was soooo dense! These baked goods lacked the light and flakey-ness of their gluten counterparts. Yes, it is rare to find that key factor in GF goods but I assure you there are bakeries out there that achieve this!
I love Melindas! You have to try the butter croissants! They sell fast, so I always call them in the morning to put them on hold for me. Everything else is awesomely delicious as well!
Great sandwiches, cakes, and other GF treats. The honey-oat bread is a favorite.
Melinda is a sweetheart, and Melinda's (as in the food) is top notch. Forget the "other" GF bakery in Santa Cruz, and just come here, people! Cakes and donuts...yum and double YUM!!!
Amazing dairy free selection. I had the cinnamon scroll with dairy free icing, so delicious, highly recommended. The owner is lovely and they know the ins and outs of their food.
This is the best GF bakery we've ever eaten at hands down! The cinnamon roll was amazing as were the pumpkin muffins, blueberry muffins, egg sandwich and pumpkin maple bar. We talked to Melinda and she's gluten free, dairy free and latex free as well so no worries here for us. This is a must stop if you're going through this area! Highly recommend - you won't be disappointed. All of the staff is VERY friendly and helpful!
We were lucky enough to get cinnamon rolls right out of the oven. They were incredible soft, chewy, gooey goodness! The chocolate brownie was so rich and velvety, even my chocoholic Jax couldn't finish it all ( though he had a fun time trying!!). The service was wonderful; everyone was kind and up beat. If you are in the area, make time to stop here! I
The word amazing does not even do this place justice. Best bread and croissants I have ever had. Great service and nice people. Looking forward to trying other items!
Amazing chocolate croissants and cinnamon rolls. I love to order their turkey sandwich with avocado and cheese. Bread tastes great. We eat here once a week since we moved to CA, and have enjoyed everything we have tasted, including muffins, cookies, and donuts.
Fantastic! As a family we are gluten free and my son is egg free. They had delicious GF vegan donuts. Their sign said they can make most menu items with substitutes. But call ahead with special requests. We were vacationing in the area. Super glad I checked this app while there.
Excellent GF dessert options carefully prepared.
I consider myself a critical foodie as my family (family of four gf) and I do extensive travel around exploring GF bakeries. As a person who does a lot of GF baking (and i think well) I am always baffled by those who bake and say "it's good FOR GLUTEN FREE". There's should be no "for gluten free" The food here is FANTASTIC!!! We've been sampling most of the beautiful assortment and here's how it goes.... Donuts: chocolate with vanilla frosting, vanilla with chocolate frosting and maple frosted donuts. They were soft, airy and flavorful! Great frosting as well. Family agrees, best GF donuts we've had in 9 years. Croissants: plain (unfortunately there were no chocolate or ham and cheese left, but I clearly understand why). Buttery, airy and flakey. Great flavor I always appreciate a bakery that makes a real croissant as it takes 2 days and most say its too much work. Great croissant! Cinnamon bun: Words can't truly describe the amazing tastes. Topped with a butter cream... Just melts in your mouth. Apple turnover: stuffed with a mix of savory apples and cinnamon, combined with its soft crust, it was delicious. The last was a ham, egg and cheese (I know, boring combination as it normally as other things like onion, avocados, tomatoes and spinach) sandwich (on a white sandwich style bread). Ok, you have to listen carefully cause my description because it's different. Simple sandwich and nothing stands out. Let me explain that, because that is actually a good thing. Usually when I get a gf sandwich... It's about what's in it as I either take of half of the bread or both sides. In this case, the bread just blended in perfectly. It wasn't bad and didn't over power the filling. It was just perfect sandwich bread I highly recommend this place and look forward to traveling to this part of the country again so we can visit Melinda's again.
Dry cornbread muffins that aren't worth the cost. Save your money
Loved finding this on our spring break trip to the area! Stopped by for four breakfast sandwiches. On our way to a surf lesson. Sandwiches from scratch took a little time to make (understandably). Also ordered the cinnamon buns and a chocolate donut. ALL were yummy! Peanut free as well :-)
The frosting is the best haha. But everything else is very gummy and dense. Cookies are pretty bland and dry. Not my favorite.
I had a roll up bacon cheddar and a chocolate croissant. My husband had a maple donut and blueberry muffin. The croissant and muffin were just OK. My husband liked his donut and I liked my bacon cheddar roll up. We were looking forward to go to a bakery and it was good to OK. I think things would be better if they were a little more moist, not so dry. Kind of a let down, and it wasn't cheap.
Cinnamon roll was awesome! Wouldn't know it was gf. Blueberry muffin not so much. Tasted like a corn muffin. Very dry.
The best! Breakfast lunch special order baked goods and a daily case of rotating fresh baked goods. Exclusively gf.
Melinda's bakery is fabulous! I visit it on a regular basis. They make great sandwiches as well as pastries. I have also seen some beautiful custom cakes come from there. My favorites: Turkey sandwich, Chocolate Doughnut with Vanilla Bean Icing or Coconut, Bacon Cheddar Roll-Up, Ham & Cheese Croissants, oh and Breakfast Hand Pie!
Awesome bakery! So glad to find this. Go and enjoy!
Delicious croissants and more. Highly recommend!!!
I always know that I'm safe here since its dedicated gf and the food is so yummy. The staff is amazing and they are constantly creating great new stuff. I could not recommend this place more!
the best gluten free bakery we've ever encountered. there was variety and imaginative product with great flavor and texture.
Amazing. Croissants are awesome
Amazing croissants!! Can't wait to go back again
My family and I loved this bakery. We were in town for a couple of days and planned to stop by first day. After trying the bacon and cheddar roll and honey oat bread we "had" to go back the next day. The pesto and cheese roll was fantastic. Lemon bars delicious. We definitely recommend this bakery.
The best in Santa Cruz county with celiac and they are so humble and nice very reasonably priced compared to most other gluten free businesses
Amazing! Bacon cheddar rolls, frosted donuts, and lemon cupcakes were all divine.
Happiness! When I visit Santa Cruz I stay at the Best Western across the street so that I can be close to this amazing cafe/bakery!
Good place for treats
This place is WONDERFUL, the owners are kind, the food is amazing and they even have chocolate croissants!! :)
Such a wonderful place. Everyone is so cheerful and happy to help and answer any and all questions you may have. I have celiacs and I'm so happy to have a place I can go for all anything and feel glad to bring friends there!! You do not have to be gluten free to love their food options! Everything is amazing. This is a must try place!!
My (celiac) daughter had the cinnamon sticky roll and welled up with tears. I had the ham and cheese croissant, which was fantastic. My other daughter had a chocolate doughnut that was moist and cakey. Great find!
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