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Jul 6, 2008 12:41 PM

Rockville/Gaithersburg boulangerie/patisserie

I'm having no luck finding European breads or pastries in the Rockville/Gaithersburg area. Yasaman has some passable-but-not-phenomenal French pastries but nothing comparable to their (delectable) Persian ones. The Russian market over by Joe's Noodle has some tasty breads -- but not what I'm looking for. The chains are the chains (La Madeleine, Whole Foods). Everything remotely European seems to be in Virginia...or Patisserie Poupon (which to be honest I'm not that fond of). I understand I should check out Praline in Bethesda but I'm really looking for things closer to Gaithersburg. Is this a lost cause or is there a gem lurking somewhere that google just can't uncover?

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  1. There's nothing of note in Gaithersburg/Rockville that I'm aware of. The Upcounty area is lacking in the bread/cheese/pastry area. Whole Foods and TJ's are, sadly, your best bets.

    1. Check with the "Kielbasa Factory" on Rockville Pike.

      I believe on certain days of the week they're bringing in Polish style breads and pastries - give them a call.

      1. Have you tried Stella's on Nicholson? It's the first shopping plaza west of Rockville Pike.

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        1. re: DCDeb

          The Corner Bakery has AMAZING cinnamon creme cake!
          It is a delicious, buttery, moist pound cake w/ ribbons of cinnamon throughout the cake. The cinnamon creme poundcake is BY FAR The Corner Bakery's best dessert item! I have not been nearly as impressed w/ their other bakery items.

        2. Praline is worth a drive from G'burg! It's not in downtown Bethesda, though, but more like Glen .Echo, so it may be even farther than you think. (But the macaroons alone are worth the drive)

          1. Praline is at the Rockville Farmer's Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They bring their croissants and French pastries AND those yummy macarons! On Wednesdays they're in front of Regal theatres and on Saturdays in the jury parking lot. So if you don't want to make the drive down to Bethesda, check them out at the Farmer's Market while you can...I think the markets end in November.