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Best cinnamon roll/sticky bun etc near Bellingham?

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sasha1 Jul 1, 2010 07:43 PM

I'd love your suggestions, but please know if you say Avenue Bread I won't count your vote. Their baked goods have disappointed me at every turn (aside from the bread, which is pretty good but can't hold a candle to Breadfarm).

  1. Vetter Jul 1, 2010 07:54 PM

    Great Harvest -- it's wheat flour, and less-sweet, and just wholesome type good. Or at least it was when I last ate gluten, about a year and a half ago! I think Avenue has gone downhill in the past few years. We don't really have a traditional bakery, do we?

    The best were the ones I made homemade with a ridiculously rich sour cream babka dough! But it's never as decadent to have to haul out the kitchen aid.

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      sasha1 Jul 2, 2010 02:50 PM

      I had a decent one today at Farm to Market Bakery in Edison. It was day old though. Apparently in order to get fresh you've got to come around 11am, not breakfast.

      Have you had them at Grace Cafe off Sunset? According to Yelp those are "big," which to some is synonymous with good.

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        Vetter Jul 2, 2010 10:12 PM

        I haven't had the Grace Cafe ones. I know some people swear by that place, but those people were not food geeks.

        I love Edison!

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          kaleokahu Jul 9, 2010 11:19 AM

          If you're going all the way down to Edison, you might as well go a bit further to Calico Cupboard in LaConner. Their cinnamon rolls are fantastic, especially the raspberry ones.

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            sasha1 Jul 12, 2010 01:27 PM

            Speaking of, we were driving back home after a weekend away yesterday, and thought we'd stop at the Calico Cupboard in Mt Vernon for dinner. All closed up with a for lease sign in the window. Anyone know what happened?

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              kaleokahu Jul 13, 2010 12:08 PM

              Nope, but their MV site has always been the red-headed stepchild of the operation. Also the landlord's...er...difficult.

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        laurachow Jul 4, 2010 10:20 AM

        Try Mount Bakery, La Vie En Rose, or the Community Food Co-op Swan Cafe. Oooh, the new Fountain Coffee and Wine Bistro has some amazing breakfasts. Check there, too!

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          sasha1 Jul 5, 2010 03:23 PM

          I will try Mt Bakery. I like their croissants very much. I haven't liked anything I've had at La Vie or the Coop, for different reasons. The latter because it is too granola/crunchy. The former because imho it is a pale imitation of some of the great bakeries I've had the pleasure to visit in my life.

          I haven't heard of your last suggestion. Where is it?

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            laurachow Jul 8, 2010 09:51 PM

            The Fountain is the beautiful new place located in what was formerly a really squalid KFC. Across the street from The RE Store and the new digs for Diamond Jim's, in the Fountain District, of course. Not sure how much baking they do on site, but we had a lovely brunch there about a month ago and we'll certainly be going back.
            http://www.thefountainbistro.com/

            I have to admit that I'm not a huge cinnamon roll fan at most places. I think they are generally too heavy and I don't like them frosted. But, there must be some yummy cinnamon rolls somewhere in town!

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              sasha1 Jul 14, 2010 09:47 AM

              I had a Mt Bakery cinnamon roll just now. Here's the rub. They made it with their croissant dough, rather than a yeast dough, so it was more of a qui amman (sp?) than a cinnamon roll. I love croissants as much as the next person, but when I'm in the mood for a cinnamon roll, I want a cinnamon roll, not a cinnamon iced croissant. Had a couple raisins in it too, which I personally don't like. Much much much too sweet. But the bottom of the roll had that nice crunch that you get when you put enough sugar and butter in something and let it caramelize. So, I probably won't go back for one there. But I'll keep on getting those lovely, cholesterol busting ham & cheese croissants.

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                laurachow Jul 14, 2010 09:55 PM

                Were you at the Downtown Sounds concert? We were, and indulged in some donut skewers from Rocket Donuts.

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                  Vetter Jul 14, 2010 10:13 PM

                  Too funny. I had lunch at the Mount Bakery today and watched them setup for the concert. Small town!

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                    sasha1 Jul 15, 2010 08:33 AM

                    I wasn't. Donuts are about the only sweet I don't crave, so I don't go there. There are plenty of other desserts contributing to my downfall : )

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