Yelp! chooses a bakery in downtown San Diego as the best in America! Store owners and life partners Jeffrey Brown and Jenny Chen opened the East Village loft bakery IZOLA at the start pandemic, after developing a love for baking while under lockdown.
They explain on their website:
Jenny + JB's response to this new reality is IZOLA – a tiny bakery perched in the loft above a photo studio – with the dual mission of joy and justice.
Joy? How do we get there? No professional cooking experience, they knew they wanted every croissant and loaf of sourdough to be created from the best ingredients, made with love, and delivered to the customer hot from the oven. So with this simple idea, Jenny and Jeffrey started to bake, and on IZOLA's first day, June 10, 2020, they lowered 12 croissants out the window in a basket. From that day until now we have been lifted by the grace of so many people.
They say every baked good is fresh from the oven, and not baked earlier in the day, "We're baking the whole time we're open to bring you the rarest of pastries: a croissant or loaf of sourdough hot from the oven." Some popular items include croissants, loaves of sourdough bread, and Tahitian Vanilla Knots.
You can find Izola in a historic building at the corner of 13th and G street.