Azucar, translating from Spanish to 'sugar,' brings lots of just that to Ocean Beach from within a Cuban-style patisserie that draws customers in with a tantalizing display case. The goods fuse French technique with Latin island flavors: passion fruit scones, mojito cookies and pastries stuffed with guava and cream cheese. Those looking for something <em>con mas sal</em> can opt for savories like cuban sandwiches and ham croquetas to cover lunchtime cravings.
Combining her Le Cordon Bleu credentials with her Cuban heritage, Vivian
Hernandez-Jackson created Azúcar, a pretty, cozy little place to satisfy your sweet, savory, or caffeinated cravings. Go for pastelitos de carne at lunchtime; the all-butter puff pastries are stuffed with picadillo, a soft, fragrant stew of ground beef, tomatoes, and olives. But really, the desserts and pastries are the stars here, and none satisfies a sweet tooth like Divina, a spectacular combination of white chocolate cake, passion fruit curd, and raspberries under a blanket of toasted marshmallows.
How to order: Go in person or order online for pickup.