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Bakeries in Charlotte

I'm moving to Charlotte at the end of the month. As a pastry chef and self-proclaimed sugar fiend, I'd love to get soe input on bakeries in the area. What's great and what's missing?
Thanks!

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  1. I don't know a whole lot about this topic, but Nova's (on Central Avenue) is an excellent bakery. I think they are more oriented towards breads, as opposed to cakes. My impression is there aren't a whole lot of really good bakeries in Charlotte. Personally, i'd love to see something like Sugar Sweet Sunshine or Chikalicious here. And french macaroons!

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      Before living in Boston, I lived in NYC and Sugar Sweet Sunshine was one of my favorites, too. Who knows, maybe I'll open something in Charlotte once I get a lay of the land :)

    2. I've been enjoying Amelie's in NoDa. It is a french bakery that is open 24 hrs with pastries, tarts, cakes, and breads. They also do soups and sandwiches.

      I don't remember how, but I got on their email lsit a while back. Finally made it up there and really enjoyed it.

      Carolinadawg - they have coconut macaroons, but haven't had them...

      http://www.ameliesfrenchbakery.com/
      2424 N Davidson St

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      1. re: mcap

        Sounds like a good place to check out. i actually mis-spelled macaron...its a different cookie than a macaroon. A macaron is a sandwich style cookie with a ganache or cream filling...sort of a french oreo! lol

      2. For pastries and great french bread Amelie's in the NODA neighborhood has no peers. Charlotte could defenatly support a second great bakery. When you hit town perhaps you can check them out. If you are considering opening a place the Dilworth neighborhood could use a great bakery and with economy as it is nows a good time to negotiate a lease. Best of luck

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        1. re: GodfatherofLunch

          Thanks so much for the suggestions of Amelie's and Nova's- can't wait to check them out. I will also look into Dilworth as a potential location and will be sure to include you all if I move forward with anything!

        2. I'll add another vote for Amelie's. Polka Dot Bake Shop has great cupcakes, if thats your thing. Nearby Suarez Bakery has some good sweets too. There are some good old-fashioned homemade cakes and pies at the Mecklenburg County Market on Harding.

          1. I am going to echo several of these posts, but Amelie's French Bakery is amazing, and open 24 hours. Nova's in Plaza-Midwood is great, as well.