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Any good bakeries in Ottawa?

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I need to find some good bakeries in Ottawa that makes really amazing bread. Does anyone know of any?

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  1. Ottawa's impressed me as the Canadian city with the best bakeries. Ottawa peeps- is BOKO still around? Love that place.

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    1. re: John Manzo

      Boko is indeed still around. And Yoko will make the nicest party platters of sushi for you if you ask nicely -- with tiny little crane origami as a decoration.

    2. Depends on the kind of bread you want.

      Crusty/rustic bread:

      The French Baker (on Murray St.)
      Di Rienzo (on Preston St.)

      Sandwich/loaf bread:

      Bread and Roses (Beechwood Ave.)
      The Wild Oat (Bank St.)
      Trillium Bakery (just off Bank St.)

      Also, and this is not an Ottawa thing, Ace Bakery makes awesome bread - you can get it an any Loblaws store. I looooove the granary bread and the cranberry focaccia.

      1. Along with the other recommendations, I'd add the Portuguese Bakery on Nelson.

        We've also recently discovered a great bread baker that sells out of the Carp Farmer's Market, "Kym's Old Fashion Bakery". Her breads are great.

        One tip is that if you go to a place like Herb and Spice on Wellington, they carry breads from a lot of the various local bakeries like the French Baker, Portuguese Bakery, Richmond Bakery, Little Stream, Rideau etc.

        1. I heartily second the recommendations for Wild Oat, le Boulanger Français and Trillium.

          There are also surprisingly good breads available in non-bakery locations (delis and supermarkets), which I was happy to discover:
          La Bottega in the market makes delicious foccacia and carries great ciabatta.
          Loen in the Glebe and the Farm Boy stores carry the excellent Première Moisson breads from Montreal. I prefer these to Ace Bakery, but that is an matter of personal taste. Try their delicious walnut bread with your next cheese course (I haven't found another walnut bread in the city), or the raisin-hazelnut with a creamy chèvre.

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          1. re: Sam

            I second Loeb Glebe for nice bread. They also bring in some interesting local foods. The "McKeen antipasto" (named after the owner) is particularly good with no preservatives. They are also one of the few places to sell Jerusalem artichokes (at least that I've seen).

            The Wild Oat makes the best black chocolate brownies ever. However, their cookies are very mealy.

            1. re: errant

              I've also found the Beechwood Loeb to have good bread. Maybe its a Loeb thing.

            2. re: Sam

              Oooh,I didn't know about the Première Moisson imports!

              But I do know Loeb Glebe has some tasty crusty walnut bread (I'm eating some right now)...

              1. re: piccola

                They don't advertise that it is PM, but I once saw the baker putting the half-baked frozen loaves in the oven - and he confirmed that the honey-raisin-hazelnut, walnut and some of the other specialty breads in the front section are indeed PM. Yippeeeee!

            3. I would recommend the Ottawa Bagelshop on Wellington - they've got the best bagels, and occasionally they bake up baguette which is AMAZING...

              Otherwise, I would second La Boulangerie Francaise on Murray, and Boko.

              1. Farm Boy in Ottawa has some amazing bread that is the same as they make at Premiere Moisson in Dorval, QC. I just picked up a loaf of chive and olive bread at the new Barrhaven location. The organic walnut is my favourite as well as the farmer country bread.

                1. As well as the many already listed, Nicastro on Merivale has some excellent breads.

                  1. Since this thread has been revived from the dead, I ought to note a fantastic new baker, whom I happened upon at the Lansdowne Market in July (note: the market is on hiatus during the Ex). Art-is-in bread, baked by Kevin (I wish I could remember his last name) was absolutely fantastic - easily the best bread I have found in Ottawa. He makes a lovely, authentic unbleached Pain au Levain (finally, real levain in Ottawa!), and gorgeous rustic baguette (not overly crumbly or crispy, good chewy texture from nicely formed gluten) as well as several other varieties. I particularly enjoyed the multigrain and fennel seed baguette.

                    A few weeks later, I realized I wasn't the only one who knows a good thing when I taste it. I was having dinner at Beckta, and thought the bread looked familiar (before tasting it), so I asked the server if the bread was baked in-house. He looked nervous (thinking I was about to criticize, I should have chosen my words more carefully), before replying no, but that it was freshly baked that morning by Art-is-in. My dining companion thought I was crazy when I exclaimed "I thought I recognized that bread!!!!".

                    I strongly encourgage all bread-lovers to try this amazing bread, and support a bright new prospect on the Ottawa food scene. I can't rave enough about this stuff. While I love the routine of strolling down to the market and picking up my veggies and bread at the same time, Kevin's bread is available the rest of the week at Thyme and Again in Westboro.

                    1. Sam Ottawa, I'm also currently in love with the Art-is-in bread. It is run by Kevin Mathieson and Stephanie Monnin.

                      1. Now that the Sunday Farmer's market is no longer at Lansdowne Park, do you know if they are selling their bread from another location, or is it just available from stores such as Thyme and Again, etc. I crave this bread!

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                        1. re: jamarca

                          I saw a sign for Art-is-In bread at the Ottawa Bagel Shop on the weekend. I think they carry it there.

                          1. re: jamarca

                            It seems that Kevin's distribution has expanded. I've seen it at Thyme and Again in Westboro, but also at Grace in the Kitchen in Old Ottawa South. If you want a big order for a party, you can also call it in (pick up a card at either store) and pre-order.

                          2. The molasses bread at Stoneface Dollys (there are two locations) is out of this world. Go for breakfast and leave with a loaf or two.

                            1. Ottawa Bagel Shop is my choice. awesome bagels.