I will be in Portland on Sat and Sun and would like to know of any bakeries in Oregon I should visit. Sound off!
Papa Haydn's is a local's favorite for after-theatre dessert. See their website at www.papahaydn.com/dessert.php.
The location at 701 NW 23rd is the original, I believe.
And, though I've never been there I've heard rave reviews about Ken's. There's the bakery at 21st and Flanders (about five blocks from Papa Haydn's) and there's the pizzeria in SW portland, which gets mobbed regularly and often sells out. Their website is www.kensartisan.com
There's also lots of good restaurants in that neighborhood, and it's a cute part of town. Worth a walk around. Either the #17 or the #21 bus line will get you there. Good luck if you're driving -- parking in that area is a challenge. I strongly recommend using Portland's great public transit system. However, if you do drive, the folks at Ken's have an agreement with the restaurant Basta next door; you can park in Basta's lot until 5 p.m.
I used to live not two blocks from where Ken's is now. If only they had existed when I was there!
If I were in Portland and had time for only one thing, I would run to Kenny and Zukes Deli and order the worlds best Pastrami sandwich. Honestly, this is so good you will want to take some home and freeze it. They make their own bread I think and have great craft soda's and beers too. I might move there just to be near this one of a kind deli.
Pearl Bakery. 9th and Couch. Wonderful breads and pastries. Walnut levain. Multi-grain levain. Bouchon for a chocolate bomb.
How was Grand Central Bakery missed? The best baguettes I ever tasted from a commercial bakery outside of France where I lived for five years. Grand Central is well known in the Portland-Seattle area and the one off 21st Avenue isn't on top of Ken's, but you can definitely walk it. What you will find especially interesting while having a coffee and their specialty Jammers is that you can see them shaping breads. For addrress, hours, etc. www.grandcentralbakery/com/locations/portland/northwest
For their fig and anise roll and the absolute best Olive ciabatta.