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Hard-to-find specialty breads in Seattle? Esp. pumpernickel-raisin?

So, I'm from New York originally and there are certain things I therefore miss and crave all the time. Many of these are bread products.

Has anyone had any luck finding specialty Eastern European breads around Seattle or the Northwest?

Highest on the list: *pumpernickel raisin*. Would it kill some bakery to attempt such a thing? Oh the cravings. I've just gotten funny looks when I've suggested it to bakeries. Does anyone make it here? I know - I'm dreaming.

Next: Heavily-seeded rye bread.

I'll start with those.

(In the meantime, I slowly savor the slices from Orwasher's in NYC that I keep in my too-small freezer.)

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  1. seeded rye of the wonderful sour style seems hopeless (the schwartz brothers' version served at goldberg's and elsewhere is a pale imitation) but there is a wonderful, rich cherry pumpernickel available in cuts from a huge round loaf at tall grass bakery on 25th avenue in ballard that is worth the drive over - they do not send it out to any of their retail sources. they also make the best soft pretzel outside of pennsylvania.

    1. seeded rye of the wonderful sour style seems hopeless (the schwartz brothers' version served at goldberg's and elsewhere is a pale imitation) but there is a wonderful, rich cherry pumpernickel available in cuts from a huge round loaf at tall grass bakery on 25th avenue in ballard that is worth the drive over - they do not send it out to any of their retail sources. they also make the best soft pretzel outside of pennsylvania.

      1. I have had similar experiences both in Seattle and Portland locating true Old World breads. The best answer is: Try to learn how to bake it yourself.

        1. Tall Grass Bakery, which is actually on 24th ave NW in Ballard has several interesting rye breads- all rye with lots of seeds and great pumpernickel ....

          1. There are a scattering of Eastern European groceries/delis in the area. For example, just off of Aurora near the Sams Club (about 130th). In Lynnwood, there's a Vietnamese owned produce stand with a selection of EE groceries and baked goods (Star Produce) - a block south of the Trader Joes.

            paulj