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Best bakeries in Portland

zinfanatic Dec 14, 2013 09:39 AM

While my hubby wiles away time at Powell's Books, I am going to hit some bakeries in Portland. I was a pastry chef in SF Bay Area so this is a "professional " study! My desire is for croissants, cakes, cookies and tarts. I have been to Ken's, Blue Star, Nuvrei and Pearl. I am intrigued by Lauretta Jean, Little T and candy maker Alma. Any other suggestions for this visit?

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    Leonardo Dec 14, 2013 11:22 AM

    Right by Powell is Little T's downtown new shop, a must.
    Nearby Cacao carries locals Alma & Sahagun chocolate.

    Lauretta Jean makes amazing pie, biscuit.
    Other musts: Bakeshop, Ken's Artisan & Sugar Cube. Bakeshop's owner won James Beard Aard for best cookbook.
    Have fun. Please report!

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    1. re: Leonardo
      Leonardo Dec 15, 2013 04:06 PM

      Also Pix.

      1. re: Leonardo
        zinfanatic Dec 16, 2013 06:52 AM

        Oh yes, That is the pastry place I could not think of that I have been also. I am compiling my list today for our trip to Portland- arrival on Thursday!

      2. re: Leonardo
        zinfanatic Dec 31, 2013 01:49 PM

        Leonardo. I did not get to as many bakeries as I wanted to because of family obligations, but here is a brief report-
        Little T both downtown and Division. Had a good, not great croissant. It was beautifully layered and had a somewhat crunchy crust, but it was not enough buttered flavored for me. We got a baguette that was agin good but not great, but then I come from the bread capital of the US- Berkeley! The chocolate tart was yummy. The chocolate was excellent and bittersweet and the crust was very good. I had been to Bakeshop before as it turned out and I have enjoyed their cookies- sorry cannot be more specific. I did not have time to repeat. Blue Star is wonderful. The brioche dough for donuts is unique and the choices are interesting. We also went to Sugar Cube. What a cute place. I had the toast plate and loved the homemade lemon curd. I also had a twisted chocolate cookie yum! I also could not resist the highway to heaven cupcake to savor later in the day. I think this was my favorite overall place. I also made it to Cacao, but did not purchase anything as the prices are a bit high. Next time I want to go to Alma. I will be coming again as I have family closer to Portland!!!

        1. re: zinfanatic
          zinfanatic Jan 4, 2014 11:34 AM

          Oh forgot to mention that I did get to Maurice, but there was nothing in their pastry case on the afternoon I was there before Christmas. I just saw a small pound cake on top of the counter that they were serving for lunch??? It was very curious to say the least.

      3. c
        Chatsworth Dec 15, 2013 10:13 AM

        Baker and Spice in Hillsdale, SW Portland.

        You'd need a car or to take the bus to get there, but it's worth it. It's also a nice place to sit and while away an hour or so.

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