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This is not a question, just a tribute to the bakeries here in Portland, ME--I think people ought to know about how rich we are with different kinds of bakeries. I am grateful for them daily. For people from out of town who appreciate high quality food, if you visit this lovely city, you should make it a point to go bakery hopping one day while you are here. I have lived in other very food oriented cities and have visited many places, but I have never seen so many top notch bakeries in one place in the U.S. First, there is Standard Baking Co. located in the same building as Fore St. Outstanding french breads--we live on their absolutely perfect baguettes, and the rustica bread also stands out. Croissants are buttery and perfect, too and the "morning buns" are a must. They also do seasonal baked goods, for instance, Stollen for the holidays. Lots of other baked goods that are all delicious but too numersous to note here. Just go there. Then there is One-Fifty-Eight that recently changed its name to "Scratch Bakery" (so it wouldn't be confused with their relative in a different location, 158 Cafe). This is no question that it is the best place in town for bagels--oh my god, they are amazing. The desserts and cakes are spectacular, too--everything from the Deep South Coconut Cream Cake, to my son's favortie mini lemon pound cakes, to home-made ding-dongs (can you believe that?), and then chewy almond crescent cookies,creme brulee, and even cinnamon graham crackers and a variety of other cookies. I could go on and on. Wonderful assortment of breads, too (love the large, round crusty country white). I always leave there with a large bag overflowing. Plus, they carefully selected, reasonably priced wines and some local chesses, too. Whole cakes need to be ordered in advance since they have limited oven space. Another place for cakes and pies only is Two Fat Cats--so nice to have this at my fingertips and I often go for their decadent chocolate cupcakes. Lots of berry pies with perfect crusts, too, and its also a good place for birthday cakes. Last but not least is Big Sky, which of course is a chain of sorts but not at all like one. This is good for daily sliced bread and my son has grown up on the Honey Whole Wheat and loves their cream cheese and fruit filled "poppers" and large chocolate chip cookies. They also serve lunch sndwiches now, too. Foley's bakery moved not too log ago, but they have been known for their cakes. Have I missed any bakeries here I should include in this list? I don't want to overlook anyone. I was talking with a friend recently and we agreed that since we have been in Portland and have all of this within a 6 mile radius we've turned into baked-good snobs!

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  1. You missed Rosemont Bakery (French style bread, pastry and homey cakes & cookies), and Sophia's (Italian rustic -- try the pastry: nothing else like it) and Black Crow (really great rustic breads).

    I'm sure there are more.

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    1. re: the_MU

      thanks for these additions--I go so rarely to Rosemont and Sophia's that I just forgot, but when I do go I am thoroughly impressed by both. I love the semolina cake at Sophia's and agree wholeheartedly that Rosemont's breads are fantastic. Also heard they opened a sister shop in Yarmouht, though I haven't been there yet. I don't know about Black Crow--where is that?

    2. LIVEFORFOOD: you did a wonderful job explaining and listing the important bakeries in the Portland area. Did you know that Standard Bakery and Two Fat Cats are owned by Dana Street, who also owns St. & Co, as well as Fore St!!!! Sophia's has amazing products too.

      1. We were in Portland on my birthday and we got a small red velvet cake from Two Fat Cats. Best. Birthday. Cake. Ever.

        1. Foley's Bakery is back in Portland! Check it out in the old Quizno's space next to Longfellow Books.