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Seattle Area Bakeries

Carbear99 Sep 30, 2008 03:52 PM

Hello Everyone!

Visiting Seattle next week and want to go to some great bakeries. Have been to Macrina Bakery many times, and the last few visits it seems to have been slipping. Love Top Pot for doughnuts! Does anyone have any suggestions for great bakeries in the Seattle area?


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    hc_ Oct 2, 2008 12:43 PM

    I'd also recommend checking out Sugar (http://www.sugardelights.com/) in First Hill on Madison. For a new donut, try Mighty O (http://www.mightyo.com/). Their shop is in Greenlake/TangleTown, but you can also find them at Caffe Vita and Stumptown among others. Don't be scared off by them being vegan and organic; both their Vanilla Cake Glazed and French Toast donuts are divine. No one yet has mentioned Le Panier (http://www.lepanier.com/) in the market, but I have to admit if you can get over to West Seattle, Bakery Nouveau (http://www.bakerynouveau.com/) is unbelievable. Enjoy your visit!

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    1. re: hc_
      not the bad Steve Oct 3, 2008 09:48 AM

      I'm right there with you on Sugar, but Mighty O is disgusting.

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      winemd Oct 1, 2008 06:16 PM

      Pain au chocolat and ginger biscuits at Besalu!

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        jenn Oct 1, 2008 05:03 PM

        will you have a car or be doing public transport? If you are just downtown sans car, we just got a box of tasty birthday treat pastries from Grand Central Bakery in Pioneer Square. No complaints on anything and the price was not over the top. As much as I like Columbia City's bagette, the pastry price is a bit high and I can't seem to walk out with birthday treats for under $25. I've had very tasty pastry from Dahlia courtesy of a co-worker but I have no idea of the cost.

        I would hit Columbia City for a bagette over Tall Grass but I love Tall Grass' hominy bread---lightly toasted with a bit of butter.

        I also like Cafe Bres' croissant.

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          rosesarefree Sep 30, 2008 08:32 PM

          How can there be four posts and no one mention Cafe Besalu? The best croissants this side of Paris.

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          1. re: rosesarefree
            phong Oct 1, 2008 12:13 AM

            I second this motion.

            1. re: phong
              amybobamy Oct 1, 2008 10:09 AM

              north hill bakery on 15th ave east is great for homey american desserts

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            Walters Sep 30, 2008 04:49 PM

            Carrie, Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle has fabulous bread and pastries. (The baker is from Paris where he won the Paris baking competition two year's ago.) Well worth seeking out.

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            1. re: Walters
              jlbwendt Sep 30, 2008 06:45 PM

              I don't believe William Leaman is from France. He won the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie 2005 (World Cup of Baking) for the United States and has been a Seattle resident for many years.

              1. re: jlbwendt
                christy319 Oct 1, 2008 08:55 AM

                Bakery Nouveau is my favorite in town, esp. if you're looking for something more like a patisserie. Dahlia Bakery is great for high quality American stuff.

            2. vanillagorilla Sep 30, 2008 04:08 PM

              Depends on if you have a car or not. My three favorite bakeries for bread are: Dahlia Bakery, Columbia City Bakery, and Tall Grass Bakery. If you are more interested in pastries, I won't be much help. I have had some of the sweets at Columbia City and enjoyed them, but was not blown away. The Dahlia Bakery is probably better in that department. I've only had bread (from the farmers market) from Tall Grass.

              If you like donuts, I would recommend the Daily Dozen place in the market; as much as I love Top Pot, nothing can beat a bag of those warm little guys.

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              1. re: vanillagorilla
                equinoise Oct 1, 2008 01:54 PM

                Columbia City--amazing quality and consistency across the board. Try the campagne, walnut levain, and the crossaints.

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                PAO Sep 30, 2008 04:08 PM

                Belle Epicurean is good for sweet rolls. If you would like to take a ferry, the Blackbird Bakery on Bainbridge Island is very good.

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