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[PDX] Best baguette?

patrick Mar 28, 2005 04:07 PM

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.



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    pdxgirl Apr 5, 2007 12:49 PM

    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!

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      clearskies0810 Apr 5, 2007 11:05 AM

      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.

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        PDXNaomi Mar 29, 2005 01:59 PM

        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.)

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          AppleSpam Apr 5, 2007 10:57 AM

          This place is really good. The sandwiches are big and almost all of them are under $3! Try the Saigon Bacon and their Grilled Pork ones. Fresh baked bread everyday and if you drop $15 they'll give you a free baguette!

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            extramsg Apr 5, 2007 11:02 AM

            I was confused by the title as well, seeing it pop-up. I think the original poster was literally asking who has the best baguette in town. That post was prior to the banh mi house, Best Baguette, existing in PDX, I think.

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          daniel Mar 28, 2005 06:22 PM

          Ken's without a doubt
          Pearl is second back a ways.

          nobody else is even in the race

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            Leeper Mar 28, 2005 05:18 PM

            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......

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              extramsg Mar 28, 2005 07:22 PM

              The market opens this weekend, April 2nd.

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                Leeper Mar 28, 2005 10:32 PM

                Any idea if the LOW guys are going to be there?

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                  extramsg Mar 28, 2005 11:52 PM

                  They aren't. Rodney works on Saturdays at Apizza and their pit is trailerless in back of the restaurant. I understand, and hope it's true, however, that Sahagun will be at the PFM at least every other week despite nearing the opening of their shop.

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              extramsg Mar 28, 2005 04:44 PM

              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.)

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