Best bakeries in Portland
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?
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!!!
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.