best bakery? - CLE Lakewood
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...
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.
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 http://www.breadsmithcleveland.com/ and http://www.sweetiepiebakery.net/
18101 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH
sweetie pie bakery
Lakewood, OH, Lakewood, OH
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