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Help with Portland bakery tour

arm Mar 17, 2009 11:37 PM

I am coming to Portland with my family this weekend and would like to visit 6-10 of the best bakeries and/or prepared food shops in town. Places that make everything by hand, from scratch, with good ingredients. Please provide your best list. We are staying downtown and will rely on public transportation. P.S. We also like hot chocolate a lot and would appreciate any recommendations for that too.

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    Mallory Mar 19, 2009 12:50 PM

    I see Ken's Bakery is mentioned by Leonardo, I can't stresss how much I agree with this one. Truly top notch. Get there early if you can, right around when they open would be best. I only say this because it can get busy in there and this way you will see most items still warm from the baking. It is one of the best bakeries I've ever been to.

    The rest of Leonardo's suggestion are on the spot, abide by his list and you'll do fine.

    1. SauceSupreme Mar 18, 2009 06:41 PM

      It might be a bit of a haul, but there's also the ethnic bakeries -- An Xuyen on SE Foster (Vietnamese) and Meianna on 82nd (Chinese).

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      1. re: SauceSupreme
        Leonardo Mar 18, 2009 08:15 PM

        Also for Jewish stuff such as bagels, koogle, rugelach, and hamantaschen check out Kenny & Zuke's Deli. Right downtown close to Powell's & Sahagun.

        You can hit several top bakeries by going to the season opening of the Portland Farmers' Market at Portland State, south end of downtown. Streetcar, #8/9 bus, or walk. Opens 8:30 am Saturday. http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/
        Tastebud Farms, Blue Gardenia, Pearl, and Ken's!

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        MyNextMeal Mar 18, 2009 10:22 AM

        Fleur De Lis in the NE Hollywood District - 12 Sandy bus
        (IMHO, this and Ken's covers the "euro" style baking with no need to try others).

        Random Order Coffee House - good pies and muffins and such. NE Portland (Alberta) The 8 or 9 bus.

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        1. re: MyNextMeal
          Leonardo Mar 18, 2009 10:41 AM

          Of course. How could I forget Random. Best pie in PDX.! Best to go via #8 bus which you catch downtown on 4th (every 15 minutes or better!) which takes you to only 3 blocks away.

          Another vote for Fleur de Lys.

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          Leonardo Mar 18, 2009 08:30 AM

          Incredible hot chocolate at Sahagun, easy downtown walk:
          Best bakeries:
          Ken's Artisan Bakery, #17 bus.
          Bakery Bar
          Grand Central, several locations
          La Provence
          Pearl Bakery, streetcar or just walk
          Crema, 19 or 20 bus
          Little T, 4 or 10 bus
          St Honore Boulengerie
          2 Tarts, near Ken's

          All of these are easily walkable or via http://trimet.org/
          Have fun. Please report back!

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          1. re: Leonardo
            Nettie Mar 18, 2009 10:22 AM

            See this thread for bakeries: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/426162
            Also: Fleur de Lys Bakery (#12 bus or MAX to Hollywood transit center


            For hot chocolate, I'd add Alma on NE 28th and Cacao, although Sahagun is my favorite.

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