Tuesday, September 10, 2013

America's Best Bakeries includes

Pearl Bakery, Portland, OR


Pati G.

This Pearl District institution (est. 1997) has been a training ground for many of Portland’s new artisan bakers and remains on top of its game thanks to family involvement, ingredients sourced weekly from a farmers’ market, and commitment to quality control. The smell of fresh-baked baguettes wafts through the light-filled bakery, and the pastry case teems with chocolate chunk cookies, Danishes, and gibassier, a treat from Provence made with fruited olive oil, anise, and orange flower water.
Must-Try Item: A seasonal fruit tart like fresh rhubarb or summer berries in a buttery pie crust. pearlbakery.com


Pacific Way Bakery, Gearhart, OR


 Paula K. Niziolek

Baker and co-owner Lisa Allen works through the night to bring this Oregon beach town pastries on par with those found in France. The results are displayed in a case of rustic fruit tarts and croissants as well as American-inspired goodies like sticky buns. The self-taught baker makes everything you see—as well as desserts in the adjoining restaurant. Black-and-white-tiled floors and gilded mirrors lend a fitting French country look.
Must-Try Item: The not-too-sweet scone loaded with fresh Oregon marionberries.

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