No More Good Bakeries? (Balto. version)
There was a topic for the D.C. group concerning there weren't anymore good bakeries. Thought we Baltimoreans could develop our own "conversation" regarding this topic.
No longer do we have Silber's Bakery. Arbutus used to have a cute little bakery. There is Stone Mill Bakery, which seems to have decent bread. I'm not a big fan of Panera, but they do bake bread and other items.
What about Patisserie Poupon? I haven't been there in quite some time, but there offerings were excellent.
Good "ole" Vaccarro's in Little Italy?
Some Chowhounds have mentioned Woodlea Bakery and another in Hamilton(?).
For the most part, discussion here on Baltimore bakeries has dealt with sweets, cakes, etc.
I'm curious about finding a Baltimore bakery that makes outstanding bread. I love Patisserie Poupon for its cakes, tartes and chocolate delectables, but it really doesn't offer good bread. Bonaparte's, too, has wonderful goodies for the sweet tooth, but its bread selection is extremely limited. I just returned from several weeks in Vermont, a tiny state that has almost a dozen bakeries that make outstanding bread. And each of these bakeries makes a veriety of different breads, one better than the next. Does Baltimore have anything comparable? The closest I've found is Stone Mill, but only because there is so little competition. Any suggestions?
Bonjour has nice French bread, croissants, fancy desserts, etc. It's the purple bldg on Falls Rd., near Lake Ave. across from the Royal Farms.
Trinacria (on Paca St.) carries Italian bread, olive bread, foccacia, all very good.
The French bakers at the farmers mkts (Sun am downtown; Sat am 33rd @ Greenmount; sometimes Thurs in Towson) have good bread.
New System in Hampden does have the most awesome donuts...
Between DC and Baltimore, I also recommend Bonaparte Bread in Savage. At the Savage Mill, they have a cute shop that sells bread, pastries, sandwiches, etc. They also sell at the Sunday farmers market in Columbia and (I think) in Baltimore. The baguettes are delicious, and I brought home the opera cake last night -- chocolate with a coffee-flavored cream.
8600 Foundry St, Savage, MD
The one in Hamilton (it might be a couple blocks north of true Hamilton, since it's on the other side of Northern Pkwy and neighborhood names change fast in Balto) is Fenwick Bakery. It's right across Harford Rd from Mastellone's.
Fenwick is known for marshmellow donuts (you have to call and reserve some or risk not getting any), peach cake (seasonal), and smearkase (old-time cheesecake made with cottage cheese).
You probably aren't going to get very many replies to this because, honestly, Baltimore has a ton of good bakeries. Some are new and innovative, and some are old school with a long tradition. Baltimore just doesn't seem to have the same sort of problem that is plaguing DC, thankfully.
Sugar Bakers on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville is my fave. It's adorable from the outside and everyone who works there is so nice and accomodating. The bakery's web site focuses on wedding cakes, but they offer a lot more so I'm not sure why that's its internet focus. E. Large included Catonsville Gourmet's Smith Island Cake which is made by Sugar Bakers as one of the Top Ten Restaurant Chocolate Desserts.
Favorite, favorite, favorite bakery is Hoehn's on Conkling Street in Highlandtown. They have the best marshmallow doughnuts. It's very old school and super fresh. They still wrap that red and white twine around the boxes. They have a large selection of doughnuts and some cakes (really good peach cake).
If I lived any closer, I'd be in serious trouble! I live in Hamilton and work in Woodlawn and have driven to Highlandtown to pick up doughnuts to take to work...had to leave for work like an hour earlier than usual! But it was totally worth it.
They aren't open on Sundays...which I think is strange since Sunday is doughnut day...
My go-to cake place is Sugarbaker's in Catonsville. When The Parkside opens on Harford Road, they are supposed to have a bakery. Can't wait to see how that turns out....