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Your Favorite Bakery...

  • Shanab Mar 18, 2008 01:39 PM
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In the Pacific Northwest...Who is your favorite bakery, what do they specialize in and where is it? (And whats your favorite?!) If they have a website, please post.

I cant come up with a good answer myself! In Federal Way I love the slices of "Heavens Delight" at Carmens Bakery. The Heavens Delight is a light thin slice of an almond based caked possibly with a light fresh almond creme inbetween all the layers, very fresh, light, yet crisp and cakey!.

For cakes (they sell by the slice or whole) and other baked goods my favorite so far...is the Black Bird Bakery, Winslow Way on Bainbridge. The baked goods and even lunch are top-notch! The earlier you arrive the better, they get crowded come noon time! NOTE** They do not take credit cards, so bring cash or check. This place is a MUST TRY!

Living in Port Orchard I regretfully must say that the Morning Side Bakery gets a negative. Prior to expanding they had some great donuts, but not too much else. Still have wonderful honey bran muffins, but dry or tastless cakes...you can get a pretty cupcake now and then, but you will pay for it, and it wont be anything rememberable! Ive spent a ton on cake, each one was topped with overly hard fondant, and the cake was terrible tasting...dry and you couldnt actually taste the flavor of the cake, vanilla or chocolate...just odd, bad aftertaste! When we recently had a "Welcome Baby" and a "Grad Party" a 1/3 of the chocolate cake was eaten and nearly all of the vanilla cake was tossed aside; cake, fondant, filling and all was just not quality, and also dry. The young couple do work hard at trying, but I really think they just need some feedback. One morning there was a lady in there looking over the donuts, she asked what happened to the donuts and the Bakers wife said, "This is a bakery, not a donut shop."

For pink Champagne, I will always go to McGavin's in Bremerton on Callow.

My point here, I want to know a great bakery who does it all! I do like the specialty places too, such as; http://www.cupcakeroyale.com/ and http://www.trophycupcakes.com/ . Can you tell me which is best between the two for cupcakes? Or do you have a better one.

Thank you!

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  1. I adore Trophy cupcakes. Very fresh, moist, and not too sweet.
    Cupcake Royale's are a sugar overload for me. Blech!

    As for other bakeries, you may want to try Boulangerie Nantaise (croissants are heaven - and organic!) and Macrina (morning rolls) in Belltown... and of course Top Pot for doughnuts that dreams are made of.

    1. I'm not much for sweet baked goods, but for breads I like Macrina, Dahlia Bakery, and Le Panier.

      1. Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle and Cafe Besalu in Ballard are top notch. In a recent tasting, tasters preferred Besalu's pain chocolate and sweet pastries and Noveau's croissant, but it was a very close call for each. Nouveau sports the World Cup of Baking, which it earned for bread, but the pastries are good, too. Don't miss Macrina, Tallgrass, Essential, and I'm just sure I'm missing somebody.

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        1. re: mr.nelso

          Since I try to eat as little wheat as possible (intolerance) and limit sugar, although I make exceptions for both in cases of urgent deliciousness, I've decided it's a very good thing that I don't live in West Seattle. I went to Bakery Nouveau today and had a chocolate-almond croissant just out of the oven. Oh wow. Almond paste, buttery goodness, chocolate... Amazing. All in one croissant, ending the challenging question of "chocolate or almond?"

          The bad news for my digestion is that I'm moving to Ballard, not far from Besalu. Sigh.

          1. re: seattledebs

            Check out Flying Apron, they're mostly GF and I think all wheat-free! http://www.flyingapron.net/

        2. http://www.flyingapron.net/
          They offer delicious vegan and gluten-free items. They made our wedding cake and have a photo of it on their special orders page. They used to be in the U-district but have moved to Fremont. We have not been to their new location.

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          1. re: lgss

            They're coming out with a cookbook! The reason we haven't been to their new location is because we live on the East Coast.

          2. Larson Bakery 24th and 85th in nw Ballard. The Smorkaka is the best.

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            1. re: imachimper

              In my opinion (which is shared by many of the top chefs in the city), the bakery that makes the best bread is columbia city bakery.

              1. re: dagrassroots

                Thank you! This is perfect, the Husband and I will give a couple of these a try this weekend. Im very excited!

                lemiller, I have the same opinion about sweetnees, so I will go to Trophys first..."I adore Trophy cupcakes. Very fresh, moist, and not too sweet."

                I will also have to go get bread at a few other places, and I am thankful there are bakeries that do the flourless cakes, not due to allergies, but the cakes take on a fresh taste all of their own, they are quite tasty! THANKS!

                1. re: dagrassroots

                  I'll second Columbia City Bakery for best bread. Their ciabatta is as close to perfection as it comes.

                  I think the owner of Bakery Nouveau was the former head baker at the Essential Baking Company. I'm on the fence re:most of their bread.

                  1. re: fooey

                    Columbia City--Agreed. Campagne, baguettes, walnut levain, hamburger buns...all excellent.

                    1. re: fooey

                      Don't forget Columbia city roasted potatoe bread and bagettes and those little sicilian prune cookies and the baggette

                2. HERE'S A FEW OF MY FAVES.
                  LE FOURNIL-JUST AS GOOD AS CAFE BESALU IMO
                  NORTH HILL BAKERY-CAPTIOL HILL
                  COLUMBIA CITY-CAN'T GO WRONG HERE
                  ESSENTIAL BAKERY CAFE-NEAR GASWORKS PARK-MINI QUICHE!
                  60TH STREET DESSERTS-VERY UNDERRATED-GREAT BROWNIES
                  TALLGRASS-BREAD TO DIE FOR
                  PAVE'-EVERETT-THE SOUR CHERRY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE!!!
                  THE SNOHOMISH PIE COMPANY-CHOC. PECAN PIE!
                  THE CUPCAKE SHOP ON NE45TH IN THE OLD SCHOOL-NAME???
                  SUGAR RUSH BAKING COMPANY-WEST SEATTLE
                  BELLE EPICUREAN-DOWNTOWN SEATTLE
                  HAVE TRIED SUGAR BAKERY ON CAPITOL HILL ONCE AND THOUGHT THE COOKIE WAS PRETTY GOOD AND TRIED SWEET&SAVORY IN MT. BAKER 'HOOD ONCE FOR A BETTER THAN AVERAGE CROISSANT(GOOD LUCK FINDING THIS ONE.IT'S KINDA' HIDDEN)
                  IF YOUR HEADING OVER I-90 THE BAKERY(GERMAN?)IN DOWNTOWN NORTH BEND IS GOOD FOR A SWEET TREAT WITH YOUR LATTE.
                  FOR A LARGE GOOEY FRESH DONUT TRY THE BAKERY IN DOWNTOWN EDMONDS.
                  OH, GRATEFUL BREAD-NORTH SEATTLE-ALSO DOES A GOOD JOB WITH SWEETS AND WITH BREADS.
                  I WORK ON THE ROAD & STOP AT ALL THESE PLACES WAAAAAY TOO OFTEN.

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                  1. re: bighound

                    Agree with Le Fournil, and much easier to get to. There's always a line here too, if that's any indication. http://le-fournil.com/

                    Trophy Cupcakes is the name of the cupcake house at Wallingford Center; like it, but think the prices need to be revised downwards. http://www.trophycupcakes.com/

                    Columbia City, that's it, I'm getting dressed and going snatch me a loaf of ciabatta right this very minute.

                    1. re: fooey

                      Sugar Rush in West Seattle is also, IMO, the best place for cupcakes in Seattle. They do the full size ones and the minis - i've served both at many baby showers and parties and they are always a hit. Much less sweet and more moist than Cupcake Royale (which is almost right across the street in West Seattle) as well as more affordable.

                    2. re: bighound

                      Le Fournil? LMAO. Should be Le 4-Nil.
                      Just because you can shape wonder bread into a baguette shape doesn't make it a baguette. I can get better at the grocery store. Worst... Bread... Evaaar...

                      Nor does taking a frozen croissant nugget and tossing it onto sheet pan and "cookin' it" make you a baker/bakery. These people should be ashamed. What a load of cr@p.

                    3. Currently my fave, because it's on the eastside and delicious - The French Bakery in downtown Kirkland across from the Heathman Hotel. They do baguettes, all kinds of croissants, cakes and fruit tarts. Just found out today that their fresh baked bread doesn't come out until 12:30pm, but I guess that's okay unless you need one for breakfast. Fairly new place, I hope they do well.

                      1. Who makes a good loaf of crusty, more or less whole grain bread? I'm familiar with Essential's Mille Grane, but are there alternatives? I'm thinking like the sort of crunchy, seeded bread you might get in Germany, or a whole-grain French boule (as at St. Honoré in Portland). Thanks!

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                        1. re: yummers

                          Went to Besalu's! See link under Ballard Bakery http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623449 ...OH SO FABULOUS!
                          Went to Trophy, Royale (Royale was too sweet, good cake-get someone to do the frosting right) and Sugar Rush Bakery! Oooo, Strawberry or Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes were so delish, I can actually leave Sugar Rush and not feel like Im going to OD! ...so in order of cupcakes:

                          1. Sugar Rush Baking Company, West Seattle (Lost of scrumptious mini's
                          )2. Trophy Cupcakes in Wallingford, new one open in UW - Fresh and organic ingredients, new flavors all the time. QUALITY
                          3. Cupcake Royale, West Seattle, kitty corner from Sugar Rush

                          I will try Le Fournil soon! Who sells cake by the slice in SEA? Black Bird has awesome cake slices on Bainbridge. And I LOVE the Asiago Crusty, Chewy loaf at the Village Baker in Poulsbo, not to be confused with the other two bakeries! In fact the Village Baker has many fab gourmet sandwiches, brie, apple and bacon on homemade bread, and I love the chicken salad on their whole wheat or the Asiago bread...check them out!

                          Where is Top Pot Donuts???? Yummo!
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                          Tall Grass should have the bread you are looking for "Yummers"! They're on 24th AV in Ballard, while there, try Besalu's for your morning bite or after dinner dessert!

                          Sugar Rush Pics enclosed...

                           
                           
                          1. re: Shanab

                            I would say, go anywhere where the Vietnamese are in charge. They are master bakers. Although I'm currently having a love affair with Macrinas brioche buns.

                            1. re: Shanab

                              I'm sure I've purchased cake by the slice at Simply Desserts, in Fremont. Though that might have been years ago, they're worth a look.

                              1. re: mrnelso

                                Simply Desserts is still operating in Fremont. I think they have great cakes, I love the white cake with strawberries and buttercream frosting.

                              2. re: Shanab

                                Bakery Nouveau has chocolate cake by the slice as well as mini desserts of all kinds.

                            2. Grand Central Bakery in Pioneer Square -- Best bread pudding ever!
                              Hoffman's in Kirkland -- best German chocolate cake!
                              Top Pot in Seattle -- really good doughnuts
                              Dahlia Bakery in Seattle -- awesome cookies

                              1. Best almond croissants in Washington State at Boulangerie Nantaise.
                                Don't miss them! Their baguette is crunchy such as in Paris!
                                A great organic place.

                                1. My favorite doughnuts are at Mighty-O!

                                  1. Don't get into Seattle much, but do like Macrina, Essential Baking Co. Prefer Trophy Cupcakes to Cupcake Royale.

                                    In Snohomish County I like L'Artisan French Bakery, Shiavo's Bakery, & Pave. Henry's Donut is the place for donuts.

                                    Want to try Bakery Nouveau but hardly every go to West Seattle.

                                    1. My favorite bakery in Portland is hands down Baker and Spice. They specialize in artisan bread and pastries and pies. They are located in southwest Portland in a very unassuming strip mall. http://bakerandspicebakery.com/

                                      The owner also recently release a book called Rustic Fruit Desserts (search Amazon for the title) which I just picked up.

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                                      1. re: erichensley

                                        I'm partial to Ken's Artisan Bakery in NW Portland. But I also like Diprima Dolci for Italian baked goods like cannoli.

                                      2. I'm going to agree with those who mentioned Macrina in Belltown. As far as Portland is concerned, I think it's a toss up between Pearl Bakery and Ken's...

                                        1. - also: not a huge fan of either Top Pot or VooDoo. I've had much better donuts elsewhere

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                                          1. re: Kazy Ctn

                                            Please tell us where you had these...

                                          2. Oh, but Top Pot's Old Fashioned actually tought me to appreciate the attributes of a mouthful of oil in a doughnut, for what it's worth.