[PDX] Best baguette?
The title pretty much says it all. A cursory search of the board says, clearly, Ken's, and we will certainly pay Ken's a visit.
But is Ken's the best? Do any other bakeries have a good hand with baguettes? Sweet, not sour.
If you go to the Pearl Bakery, get a gibassier or 3. This is part of my daily routine, walk to the Pearl Bakery and get my sugar and caffeine fix for the day. Banana bread is good if there are no gibassier. Carry your baguett home in the nice blue bag :) I think they are sweet..definitely not too sour because I am so sick of sour bread in Portland!
The real reason to go to best baguette is their vietnamese-french style baguette sandwhiches. The bread is alright, the sandwhiches are alright - but neither are stellar (you will definately find a better BanhMi elsewhere).
Plusses: the interrior is bright and colorful, they have a very wide selection, it is a relatively cheap lunch (i say relatively because it is actually expensive compared to regular BahnMi shops) and oddly enough, there is a drive through.
Very pleasantly surprised by Baker & Spice baq. served at Three Square Grill. Lots of crunch, vs. too much chew.
(Also really liked the roast chicken. Succulent, in fact. Hubby got his usual, salmon hash. It was a Friday night, home from work after 8, too exhausted to think restaurant choice. Worked out just fine.)
Ken's - I have tried most of the others and constantly end back up with Ken's.
The start to my perfect weekend is still a trip to the downtown farmer's market with a quick stop at Ken's booth for a croissant (eat while walking around) and a baguette (usually for lunch with some sort of cheese I pick up).
Good thing the market opens back up in a couple weeks......
It's easy enough to do a tour of many for yourself. Both Ken's and St. Honore are in the Nob Hill area of NW. The Pearl Bakery is in NW, though in the Pearl District. There's a Grand Central in the Irvington/Lloyd Center area, which is only 5 minutes away from Pearl.
There are other artisan bakeries. Even very good ones. But these are all so close to each other, especially by car, it's worth trying them all perhaps. (My first two choices would be Ken's and Pearl.)