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Charlotte, NC bakeries

chefjeff84 Jul 29, 2011 09:03 PM

Hello all. I am going to be headed to Charlotte and was wondering if I could get some names of some great French/French inspired bakeries and/or some artisan bread bakeries in Charlotte. I am a baker/pastry chef myself and would love to sample some local fare and see what they can do there. Thanks, anything will help me out.

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    HungryDonkey Aug 1, 2011 12:22 PM

    I don't know which direction you're coming in from but lynnlato highly recommends La Patisserie in Mooresville. You could check it out if coming from the north.


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      Nocturnalbill Jul 30, 2011 08:00 AM

      Amelie's on N. Davidson is the best known here. They are the full service 24/7/365 bakery around town. I also enjoy Sunflour on 7th. Nova's is on Central, and while the bread is good, there is occasionally some debate if they do their own (or at least I've seen the occasional comment that way).

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        lynnlato Jul 30, 2011 04:29 PM

        Yup, Nb pretty much summed it up for us. Big city, few bakeries. I've never heard of anyone questioning whether Nova's makes their own bread though. A good friend is a rep for them and he's as honorable as they come - I'm sure they are legit. Nova's makes rolls and bread for many of the restaurants in town. I wonder if chefjeff is considering opening a bakery here in town??? :)

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          brentk Jul 30, 2011 06:36 PM

          The Metropolitan Bakery, which was located on Fairview on the SouthPark side of Country Day was a very good bakery but it closed down about 10 years ago, now.

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            lynnlato Jul 30, 2011 06:41 PM

            Yes, I remember. Wasn't that owned by Fran Schebeli who now has Fran's Filling Station(she also had Metropolitan Cafe back then too)? I remember Metropolitan used to sell in Harris Teeter and when HT didn't renew their contract, because of La Brea Breads, that was the beginning of their demise.

            Harris Teeter
            , New Bern, NC 28560

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              brentk Jul 31, 2011 03:37 AM

              Yes, Fran did own the place and the Cafe was my favorite place to get a cup of coffee before she closed it down. At that time, I think she was planning to move out west to Seattle or some such place. As I moved away from Charlotte about five years ago, I hadn't realized she had a new Charlotte-based venture.

              I am surprised that nobody has filled in to take advantage of the void she left in the south Charlotte area.

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                lynnlato Jul 31, 2011 08:57 AM

                I'm surprised too, that no one has filled the void. Maybe the OP is considering it. We still are in desperate need of more good bakeries, butchers and fishmongers.

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            Nocturnalbill Jul 31, 2011 05:12 AM

            The South is really getting used to the idea of bakeries separate from supermarkets as a normal idea again. I think this explains why so many people, so few competing bakeries. Personally, I'm just glad the ones we have are good.

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