November 7, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
Sweet or savory? This city is blessed with hardworking, award-winning bakers who get up before the sun to make sure you have the pastries you need to start the day off right. God bless ’em.
A lovely micro-bakery in Capitol Hill’s equally lovely Chophouse Row, Amandine Bakeshop is classic in its technique, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better macaron Gerbet around. The croissants and cakes also tempt the senses. If you’re free on a Saturday, stop by, grab a treat and lounge to the beats of DJ Bean One.
Bakery Nouveau is where anyone serious about seeking out the finest in baked goods eventually ends up. From the moment you walk into this French bakery, you know they mean business. Line up in front of the long glass display case and set your sights on the quiches, pizzas, cakes and other wonders they have created just for you. You can’t go wrong with a cherry, almond and pear tart or the twice-baked croissant.
Another Capitol Hill gem is James Beard semifinalist Neil Robertson’s Crumble & Flake Patisserie. Get there early to make sure you walk away with one of their crusty croissants. They do traditional French treats beautifully, but if you’re in a playful mood, there’s always the Cheweo, an Oreo-inspired cookie made with a pure butter filling.
Coyle’s Bakeshop is an appealing little sun-soaked shop in Greenwood, where you can pick up one of their flaky cretzels (a croissant-pretzel hybrid) or filling quiches — if they’ve yet to sell out — stuffed with seasonal ingredients. I always find a slice of the chocolate cake equally irresistible.
The neon sign calling out Columbia City Bakery is a beacon for lovers of confections. A popular hang, the bakery satisfies all different cravings — from a perfectly scored pain de campagne to a savory slice of torta rustica. For the sweet tooth, the profiteroles rule.