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Mar 18, 2008 01:39 PM

Your Favorite Bakery...

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 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 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; and . 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!

          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