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earthy, crunchy in seattle

mary gerstle May 6, 2008 11:32 AM

Will be in Seattle next weekend for first time. Looking for rustic, earthy bakeries with great breads, scones & the like. Any favorites?

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    Leper RE: mary gerstle May 6, 2008 05:13 PM

    Mary, Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle is your Chowhound destination.
    A silver medal second would be Boulangerie Nantaise on 4th Avenue in Seattle.

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      ceester RE: mary gerstle May 6, 2008 05:34 PM

      I love the breads at our neighborhood bakery: Columbia City Bakery. The walnut levain is wonderful.

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        dagrassroots RE: ceester May 6, 2008 09:36 PM

        Second Columbia City Bakery, best bread in the city.

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        mrnelso RE: mary gerstle May 7, 2008 11:36 AM

        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.

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          jaydeflix RE: mrnelso May 7, 2008 03:11 PM

          The big bonus of Besalu is that Tall Grass is right next door (not to mention the couple loaves of tall grass they have on the shelf anyways), so after getting the pastry, you can wander next door and grab a nice loaf.

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          yosnacks RE: mary gerstle May 7, 2008 04:07 PM

          Macrina is still my favorite in town, and they have a great variety of breads, baked goods, and more.

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            bourbongal RE: yosnacks May 7, 2008 09:41 PM

            Macrina is my favorite as well and the scones are spectacular.

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