The Peninsula’s Best Cherry Dishes

February 20, 2013 5:00 AM
February is National Cherry Month, in spite of there being no cherries, so why the celebration? The story all elementary school children learn is that as a child, George Washington chopped down his father’s favorite cherry tree using his newly gifted little hatchet. When asked, George said he could not tell a lie and admitted chopping down the tree. Since Washington’s birthday is in February, it seems fitting to honor the noble fruit this month.

Heidi’s Pies
1941 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 574-0505

Heidi’s is a family restaurant open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, no doubt for you to get some cherry pie whenever the mood hits. Heidi’s has been baking and serving a full variety of pies since 1970, all prepared by Victor, Heidi’s veteran chef for over 35 years. While Heidi’s serves a complete menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, pies are a big hit here as the restaurant name implies. Heidi’s has a selection of 30 luscious pies baked daily, so freshness is pretty much guaranteed. Cherry lovers are in luck at Heidi’s with both traditional cherry pie plus cherry sour cream, a Heidi “specialty pie” offered daily. All pies are available whole or by the slice.

Copenhagen Bakery & Café
1216 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 342-1357

Copenhagen Bakery, a traditional family business, has been around since 1977 surviving through hard work and dedication to its craft. Owners Ralf Nielsen and wife Shari moved to Denmark in the early 1970s, following in the footsteps of Ralf’s Danish ancestors who were bakers, to learn the traditional bakery trade. Returning in 1977, Ralf and Shari, along with Ralf’s brother Ben, opened a small shop that included a bakery and began to show their baking talents. In 1983, they were able to expand the shop and a larger Copenhagen Bakery and Café came to life. Since then, Copenhagen has become a popular spot in Burlingame, and a well known name throughout the Bay Area. Cherry lovers will be happy to find a wide selection of cherry treats here, including pie, danish, strudel, hamentashen and wreaths.

The Prolific Oven
550 Waverly St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 326-8485

The Prolific Oven has been a family owned and operated business since 1980, starting with one location and expanding to four today. The bakery chain offers salads, soups and sandwiches and the newest locations serve breakfast and dinner as well. Downtown Palo Alto was the original bakery site, and it still serves its loyal customers at the same location. There are many cherry options here daily. Pies in general are popular at Thanksgiving and holiday times, and available by pre-order throughout the year; two days pre-order required. Cherry pie is made from sour cherries, using no preservatives or additives of any kind.

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Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream
3946 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 493-6553

In business for over 35 years, Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream has been the home to 48 fabulous handmade ice cream flavors, including choco cherry, a cherry ice cream with black cherry and chocolate chip chunks throughout. Flavors frequently change or get added to, and are always listed on Rick’s website. Shop owner Gary Schoen, who studied ice cream making at a school in North Carolina, makes ice cream cakes and other desserts, including Ricky bars – Guittard chocolate-dipped ice cream bars made from Rick’s many flavors, which are then covered in nuts. Additionally, there are cake pops made with yellow or chocolate cake and then covered in a yummy chocolate candy coating. Check the website or call for flavor updates and product prices.

La Biscotteria
2747 El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA 94061
(650) 366-4888

La Biscotteria, which started as a wholesale specialty bakery in 1989, opened its doors to the public in 2003. At the heart of this family bakery, owned and operated by its founder Augustine Buonocore, a Redwood City native, is the family legacy honoring the tradition and celebrating “La Famiglia.” For a true La Famiglia treat, La Biscotteria bakes and sells a very popular dessert called almond torte, which is filled with Amarena cherries from Italy. The Amarena cherry, from the famed Fabbri Company in Italy, is the essence of goodness and sweetness and is an important element of La Biscotteria’s almond torte. Available in two sizes, four inches and nine inches, this is just one of many delicious products from La Biscotteria. Visit the La Biscotteria website to view the full line of biscotti and other products available.

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Melanie Graysmith is a freelance writer and artist based in San Francisco. She writes on adult education, art and lifestyle topics, and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. Melanie is a member of an independent filmmaking group and aims to spin her stories into film. Her work can be found at

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