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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.

      http://kielbasafactory.com/

      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.

            1. There is a new stand in the Bethesda Women's Farm Market (not the right name, but on 355 and open Wednesday's and Saturdays). Amazing French bread and croisants that have yet to make it home. Brioche is promised for the future! Stellas has some European style cakes and tarts.

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              1. re: mrsphud

                It's located a bit off from your target area but try Upper Crust in North Silver Spring. They are located in a small strip mall at the NW corner of Randolph Road and New Hampshire Avenue. They have an excellent selection of breads, rolls and croissants plus decent danish, pies and a small selection of coffee cakes. Just get there early as by a little past noon their selection falls off dramatically.

              2. I've lived in upper Montgomery County my entire life and never knew about Royal Bagel Bakery until an out-of-town friend stopped by there! It has delicious pastries and all kinds of baked goods. It's in the heart of Germantown-- at the corner of 118 (Germantown Road) and Middlebrook Road... near Bank of America.
                http://www.royalbagelbakery.com/

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                1. re: oriolesno9

                  try classic bakery in gburg. Delicious cakes, pastries and cookies. classicbakery.com

                2. Atwaters Bakery sells at the King Farm farmers market on Weds. (and the Bethesda farmers mkt. on Sat.)

                  If you do come down to Bethesda, you should check out Tout de Sweet.

                  1. St Michel Bakery on Wilkins Ave in Rockville. Truly outstanding tiny authentic French bakery. They get the flour from France.

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                    1. re: jonesvic

                      There is a French bakery over in Sandy Springs on Rt. 108 that is truly outstanding, though I can't remember the name of it.