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Jan 12, 2008 09:02 AM

Bakery in Bethesda/CC/R'ville?

I am looking for a good bakery in Bethesda-Chevy Chase-Rockville area to buy pastries. Any suggestions?

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  1. Not sure about the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area, but I love Stella's Bakery in Rockville. They have all sorts of delicate pastries, cakes, and chocolates, and the staff has always been friendly whenever I've been there.

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    1. re: juniormints

      I recently had a cake from Stella's and it was terrific tasting (though a little homey looking). Haven't tried their other items but hope to when I can afford the calories.

      1. re: Terrie H.

        Spring Mill Bakery has EXCELLENT bread. For pastries I'd go to Bread & Chocolate on Conn. Ave (just below ch. ch. circle) or Patisserie Poupon on G-town.

        1. re: beauxgoris

          Not that I have any objection to Bread & Chocolate or Patisserie Poupon, but they're at least a 30 minute drive from the Bethesda/Chevy Chase location the poster requested.

          1. re: DanielK

            Um actually DanielK you're 1/2 wrong. Yes P.P. is in Georgetown, however it is the best in the city (that i've found) so I think that's worth noting. Second - Bread & Chocolate is across the street from the Chevy Chase library in the Ch.Ch. area that the original poster requested (about a 2 min. drive from Bethesda) in case you're not from the area.

            1. re: beauxgoris

              Whoops - you're right. Fingers faster than brain...

          2. re: beauxgoris

            Assuming I don't have the names confused, wasn't there a Bread & Chocolate downtown at one time? I got a chocolate cake there once for my daughter's 3rd or 4th birthday (it was a loooong time ago--she is out of college now) that was both expensive and so awful that the kids wouldn't eat it. It had that cardboard flavor and texture that seems to be so common in really bad bakery cakes. Don't know about their pastries, since I would never go back.

            1. re: pgreen

              Agreed -- I picked up a few pastries from B&C for New Year's Eve, which was our first week in the 'hood, and I found them a little lacking in personality. I had high hopes for one mousse-filled item that was a little oily, and the giant rugelach didn't have any tang in their dough. That said, I have enjoyed a tasty salad and sandwich there. There's another one on M and 25-ish (I think) downtown.

      2. Another good place is Breads Unlimited off of Bradley Boulevard. Good danish and great donuts. Their breads are excellent and the bagels are good too. I haven't tried their other dessert items but I haven't had anything bad from there yet.

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        1. re: Ellen

          They have great hamentaschen and breads.

        2. Has anyone been to Praline Bakery on Sangamore Rd? They have beautiful pastries (the owner Patrick Musel is a well known pastry chef), and make about twenty different kinds of macaroons as well. plus they have a full service french restuarant.

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          1. re: rumple

            ^^I've never heard of it, but it sounds good. Is it in Rockville?

            1. re: rumple

              I've been there, and they're good! I wasn't familiar with the area (and I'm from here), so it was a bit hard to find at first, but it was worth the search, IMO. I bought a selection of cookies and pastries, and they were buttery, sweet, crunchy ... tasty.

            2. Balducci's in Wildwood shopping Center- Bethesda
              Stella's bakery off Nicholson lane- north bethesda