We’ve been making a point to spend our Saturdays trying out local bakeries. I feel so lucky to live close to so many great places. Rob says, “you can can tell the quality of a neighborhood by the quantity of its local bakeries.” Here are the favorites so far:
- Five-Points Artisan Bakeshop (Point Breeze) – What I love about Five-Points is how friendly-neighborhood it feels. Most people walk up and and are greeted by name. The multigrain sourdough has a wonderfully moist crumb. The bakery’s focus on quality shows in the product.
- La Gourmandine (Lawrenceville & Hazelwood) – Run by a French couple, La Gourmandie is très authentique. They sell the best baguette in the city by far, with a crust that is crunchy but not break-your-teeth crunchy. The pain au chocolat (actually all the pastries) are absolutely perfect.
- Allegro Hearth (Squirrel Hill) – Allegro offers inspired flavored breads (blueberry corn! Walnut raisin!) and tons of vegan options. They also sell pies, quick breads, and desserts. I was delighted by their selection of cheese. We picked up the Levain and a bag of challah rolls that were perfectly soft and buttery.