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Elizabethan Desserts, San Diego

Owner Elizabeth Harris bakes her strawberry rhubarb pie with a shortbread cookie crust and is so thorough that even the peanut butter cups used in her peanut butter pie are made from scratch. In fall 2013, she will convert the original Sunshine Nursery space into Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon (serving sweet and savory pies) while moving the full-service bakery to a new El Camino Real location. Expect a 1940s vibe—vintage cookie jars, a mint-and-white palette—and the welcome addition of air-conditioning to keep those Beeze-kneeze chocolate and buttercream cupcakes cool.

Must-Try Item: The St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake Bar, a vanilla cake filled with creamy vanilla custard and topped with fresh berries. elizabethandesserts.com

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