Seattle Kitchen recommends: Best bakerieson May 3, 2012 @ 10:20 am (Updated: 10:45 am - 5/7/12 )
After enjoying a sandwich at a bakery just down the road from the 97.3 KIRO FM studios, the Seattle Kitchen Show decided it was time to talk Seattle's best dough purveyors. These loaves are from Bakery Nouveau.
After enjoying a "fantastic" sandwich at a bakery just down the road from the 97.3 KIRO FM studios, The Seattle Kitchen Show decided it was time to talk Seattle's best dough purveyors.
The first bakery that came up was Grand Central, located just a stone's throw from the studio.
"They've been doing it for a long time. I kind of think they have their act together across the board. The breads are good. The pastries are rustic, fun, interesting and delicious. Their laminated dough, croissants are good, their cookies, their soups," said Seattle Kitchen Host Tom Douglas. "They do the whole package as well as anybody."
Bakeries doing "the whole package" is an evolution that the Seattle Kitchen team credits to the U.S. culinary scene.
"I think we have transformed bakeries in this country. Because it started as a bakery was somebody who only bakes bread," said co-host Thierry Rautureau. "But then here we have changed it. You go to many bakeries, it's almost like a restaurant."
Considering their favorite Seattle bakeries, both Douglas and Rautureau named Columbia City Bakery for their bread- making ability.
"I've been carrying his baguette at Rover's and at Luc for quite some time now, and the product is just superbly consistent. It's a beautiful product. It stays really well," said Rautureau. "As a restaurateur you get the bread it's like 2 o'clock in the afternoon. You still need to have the same good piece of bread by 9 o'clock at night [...] It needs to be well made."
Looking at pastries and laminated dough products, which the Seattle Kitchen staff explains is thinly cut rolled dough, like that found in croissants, Douglas suggests giving Cafe Besalu in Ballard a try.
Edible correspondent Katie O and Rautureau also recommend a stop at Honore Artisan Bakery in that area.
For those looking for a decorated birthday cake, Douglas points to Remo Borrachini's in the Rainier Valley, or Morfey's on Denny Way.
"There (are) all sorts of bakeries in this town," said Douglas.
A few more bakeries mentioned in the Seattle Kitchen's discussion include Macrina on Queen Anne, Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle, and Ines Patisserie in Madison Valley.
By JAMIE GRISWOLD, MyNorthwest.com Editor
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