Help with Portland bakery tour
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.
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.
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!
Incredible hot chocolate at Sahagun, easy downtown walk:
Ken's Artisan Bakery, #17 bus.
Grand Central, several locations
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!