earthy, crunchy in seattle
Will be in Seattle next weekend for first time. Looking for rustic, earthy bakeries with great breads, scones & the like. Any favorites?
Mary, Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle is your Chowhound destination.
A silver medal second would be Boulangerie Nantaise on 4th Avenue in Seattle.
For pastry, Cafe Besalu, in Ballard, is top-drawer, with Bakery Nouveau in the same tier. Nuveau won our local croissant taste-off, but only by a nose over Besalu, and it wasn't clear if the drive across the bridge caused that. Besalu won top honors for chocolate croissant; each of these shops presents fabulous fruit pastries, too. Also near the top for pastry are Boulangerie, Le Panier, and Le Fournil.
For rustic breads, my antique habits keep me at Great Harvest, but it feels like there isn't a neighborhood hereabouts lacking a fine bakery.
Ballard has Tallgrass, Wallingford has Essential, Sand Point has Great Harvest, West Seattle has Bakery Nuveau, and I imagine you are not far from really good bread, wherever you are.
For good coffee in a comfortable space, the best blueberry muffin ever, and an astounding marionberry scone, see Irwin's at 40th and Bagley, in Wallingford.