Posts Tagged ‘seattle pastry shops’

Bakery Nouveau

February 7, 2011

I’d heard so many good things about Bakery Nouveau, and would have visited it sooner if I’d been able to spell it correctly in a Google search. I have to admit, I was a little intimidated by it’s reputation as one of Seattle’s best bakeries (not to mention the plethora of vowels in the name), and when I got there I was quickly overwhelmed by the choices and the crowds of people.

It’s not easy to choose carefully when there are so many delicious-looking items and a long line waiting behind you!  I wanted lunch, so I got a piece of pesto pizza, plus a slice of German Chocolate Cake (pictured below). As an afterthought I got a chocolate croissant for the next morning. The pizza was super-salty but also super-good. The crust is a lot less doughy than traditional pizza crust, and the pesto was top-notch. The cake, on the other hand, did not excite me:

Everything about it was fine, but not spectacular. Later (after reading some reviews) I realized I should have tried the classic chocolate cake instead, since the ganache is apparently to-die-for.  However, I did luck out with the chocolate croissant:

In the rush of getting ready for work the next morning, I almost forgot about it, but remember in time to heat it up and chow down. After one bite, I knew I’d found my new favorite croissant place (remind me to do a taste-test someday against Besalu). It was perfect and I’d drive over to West Seattle any day just for the pleasure of eating one of these.

Quick tip: If you visit on the weekend, plan on getting your food to-go… it’s pretty hard to get a table.



The Grateful Bread Bakery

November 21, 2010

You don’t have to wear tie-dyed T-shirts to appreciate the offerings at The Grateful Bread Bakery and Cafe, although it helps to have a healthy appreciation of carbohydrates.  Conveniently located near my dentist in Wedgwood, I always make it a point to treat myself to a cookie or two after a teeth cleaning (I need to somehow make up for the fact that I no longer receive a lollipop after a dentist appointment).

The cafe serves excellent sandwiches as well as a wide variety of treats, and during the sunnier months has a nice outdoor space to enjoy them. Since I visited just before Thanksgiving, I opted for the turkey-cranberry sandwich (do not eat this if you need to stay awake afterward) and then took my time selecting a treat from the extensive display:

I selected a chocolate chip cookie and a thumbprint jam cookie. Both were good, but the thumbprint cookie was better and I would heartily recommend it.  But I was still not ready to end my carbohydrate adventure, so I took home a cinnamon bun for the next morning.

This, of course, turned out to be an excellent decision, because it was perfect. The right amount of sugar. Good molasses-y flavor. Doughy center.  It’s a good thing I don’t go to Wedgwood (or the dentist) very often, or this could become a serious problem… especially since Top Pot is right next door.


Three Girls Bakery

May 31, 2010

Every time I venture to Pike’s Place Market, I’m confronted with a wealth of blog-worthy bakeries. This time, I selected the Three Girls Bakery, which is little more than a walk-up window (although there’s also a counter tucked away where you can get sandwiches).

But the lack of retro furniture or art installations allows the customer to focus on what’s most important – the food. Three Girls sells fresh bread, a variety of cookies, croissants, rugelach, and many other tasty treats. I ended up with a “Mounds” cookie, and, on a whim, a piece of rugelach.  The Mounds cookie was basically a coconut macaroon dipped in dark chocolate:

The texture inside was perfect – a little nutty, very coconutty, and just the right combination of crunchy-chewy. I really liked the chocolate coating; you could tell they used quality chocolate.  Even my friend, who’s not a huge dessert eater, loved it.  But the rugelach was what really stole my heart:

I’m having trouble remembering the exact flavor I got (there were lots to choose from) but I think it might have been cinnamon-pecan. At any rate, Three Girls is my new favorite spot for rugelach.  If you’ve never had this New York Jewish Deli treat, this is the place to try it in Seattle.