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Dec 16, 2008 12:50 PM

best bakery? - CLE Lakewood

i'm looking for a recommendation for a bakery in Lakewood. specifically, i want to give a gift certifcate from a yummy place to a chowhound who lives in the neighborhood. any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Very sad, but I cannot think of one bakery in Lakewood.

    If you want yummy but non-bakery in Lakewood, I recommend Melt. is their site.

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    1. re: rockandroller1

      Great Scott's is a good bakery. I haven't been thrilled with everything I've gotten from them but nothing's been bad and some things were great. Like the sheet cake I had at a party. The frosting was a whipped cream frosting? It was a special request of some sort. I was only a guest at the party. The truffles and the pots de creme on the other hand, were disappointing. Overall, I'd recommend it. Almost any place is going to have some weak spots in their lineup.

      Re: Melt, I went once and wasn't thrilled. Buckeye Beer Engine's grilled cheese was fantastic. It's a standard grilled cheese sandwich - no crazy ingredients - but it's toasty and buttery and delicious. The grilled certainly wasn't buttery. Not much flavor anywhere really. The Beer Engine is pretty accommodating. I'm sure they'd let you modify your grilled cheese and they have a lot of the same ingredients around that are available at Melt: sausage, pierogi, burgers. In fact, I tried the grilled cheese because they were running a sandwich special: the fatty melt, a burger between to grilled cheese sandwiches. The special was so popular that they're offering a "fatty up" option for all their burgers. They've probably got a couple dozen - one with pulled pork, another with an onion ring and bbq sauce...

      On top of that, the tomato soup at the Beer Engine is fantastic, too.

      Buckeye Beer Engine
      15315 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

      Great Scott's Bakery
      2214 Wooster Rd, Rocky River, OH

    2. Breadsmith of Lakewood is a great bakery. They have a wonderful selections of bread, the best I've had since Europe. Baked fresh from scratch everyday. I love their French Peasant and their Austrian Pumpernickel. Also, they have great sweets. The Monkey bread is addictive. Their scones are the best in town. Sweetie Pie is a bakery within a bakery with fantastic nut rolls, cookies, bars and more. I love this place.See their websites at and

      18101 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH

      sweetie pie bakery
      Lakewood, OH, Lakewood, OH

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      1. re: falala

        I agree Breadsmith is pretty decent, the best I know of in Lakewood. I think your chowhound would be thrilled with Melt or the buckeye beer engine. They are the only 2 places I leave the city to eat on the west side. Nothing fancy, but quality beer and cheese grease.

      2. Breadsmith does do a great job, but if it matters to you they are a franchise; though the owners do live on the near East side of Cleveland. WildFlour Bakery in Rocky River on Lake Road is wonderful and not far at all. Players on Madison (in Lakewood) is one of our favorite restaurants if you go that route.

        1. There are several bakeries in Lakewood. The best example of an ethnic bakery is the Elmwood Bakery located on Madison between Mars and Elmwood, across from the Beer Engine. Their pork crackling biscuits are amazing. They also do a great job with the traditional eastern european pastries. I don't believe they have a website, because they are definitely old school...

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          1. re: kathrynanne

            great - thank you all for the suggestions. i'll make some calls this week. i appreciate it!

          2. opposite side of town, but if your ch friend is an olde clevelander they may appreciate archie's bakery. archie garner was the head baker at cle's venerable hough bakery!

            say no more, right? ;)


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            1. re: mrnyc

              You are so right! Nothing like that Hough cake and frosting!