I’m picky about pastries I find at cafés – it can be frustratingly difficult to find fresh, flavorful, nicely-baked goodies to accompany that double-shot latte or steaming mug of Ethiopian organic Yirgacheffe coffee. But when I’m in Folsom, I make an effort to visit friendly (and very eclectic) Coffee Republic, which always offers a great selection of enticing house-baked treats. I recently plowed through a crusty, comforting slice of the café’s orange-pineapple bundt cake; and lusted after (but, heroically, did not succumb to) the beautiful red velvet cake. Coffee Republic also has a terrific lineup of creative sandwiches.
6601 Folsom-Auburn Road, Folsom, (916) 987-8001; www.coffeerepublic.info