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Any GREAT bread bakeries/baguettes on the Eastside? (Redmond/Bellevue/Kirkland)

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I have had a HECK of a time finding any decent, REAL bakeries that bake rustic, Euro-style loaves and/or classic French baguettes on the Eastside. There's Panera, but I'm looking for something less chainy. I would die for something like a Dahlia Bakery or Macrina in my neck of the woods. I'm particularly interested in a place that cranks out killer baguettes in some volume (I do some large volume cooking now and again). Hancocks and Hoffmans are real decent, but focus on the pastries. Anyone tried the bakery on Main St. in Bothell?

I'm much less interested in the cute storefront and really just want a place that cranks out quality stuff. Thanks! Jeff.

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  1. Have you tried The French Bakery? They have locations in downtown Kirkland and one in the Crossroads mall. I prefer the one at Crossroads. I like their croissants but haven't tried their baguettes. Other from that, I can't think of too many that even come close to any of the bakeries in Seattle.

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    1. re: eat.rest.repeat

      I was going to suggest the French Bakery also. I've only been to the Kirkland location, but I know people line up at the door for the noon baguettes.

      Belle Pastry on Main in Bellevue is pretty good too...but I've had more of their sweets and desserts than their breads.

      1. re: ethereal

        Thanks. I'll check out both those places! I appreciate the recommendations.