I ate more croissants, brioche and macarons over those two days than I have my entire life. It was wonderful.
If you are in the area, check out one (or more) of these wonderful bakeries!
2225 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
macaron: coconut rum, pistachio, maple walnut, passion fruit, salted caramel
goat cheese & thyme tartlette
open hunting season: almond, pistachio & hazelnut cake, hazelnut bavarian, apricot jam
lemon tart: candied violets, pistachio
They had macaronuts... a deep fried macaron. I am pretty sure this goes against everything my bosses believe in. It tasted like funnel cake. If you go, make sure to wash down all your pastries with a cup of coffee from Heart next door (that's there roasting machine above.)
best- open hunting season
2728 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214
So we went here... and that is about all I can say.
ham & cheese croissant; turkey, swiss & dijon croissant; some lemon thing; macarons; cannelle; chocolate croissant; mushroom & manchego bisciut (center)
Perhaps a visit earlier in the day would result in a better review. On a bright note, they make a macaron that tastes just like the cereal Apple Jacks.
best- apple macaron (the green & pink one)
102 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
breakfast: brioche, gibassier, pain aux raisin, pain aux chocolat
eclair: vanilla pastry cream, chocolate ganache
This was my favorite bakery we visited... great coffee and was very breakfast oriented. Don't get me wrong, I love dessert, but breakfast has my heart. And yes, eclairs qualify as breakfast.
best- gibassier (a super soft brioche-esque dough flavored with anise and orange peel, brushed with butter and dusted with sugar)
939 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
breakfast #2: baguette, salted caramel tart, almond croissant, pear & wine danish, macarons, comically large eclair
cherry & blueberry macarons
I loved the look and feel of this place. Also, they offered all of their varieties of bread in roll form which I thought was a really good idea.
best- salted caramel tart
404 NW 10th Avenue,, Portland, OR 97209
We stumbled upon this bakery and went in with the intention of just looking around, but the customer service was so good that we wound up trying a few things. Some cool things they offer: brioche baked in a tin can and pretzels/bagels.
best- tin can brioche: sliced and topped with rum soaked cherries and walnuts
Two Tarts Bakery
2309 Northwest Kearney Street Portland, OR 97210
best- earl gray macaron
St. Honore Bakery
2335 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR 97210
Honore was our last stop. I will be honest, we didn't eat anything from here right away, we brought some home with us. This place is similar to where we work, but it has more of a restaurant feel. Their pastry case is impressive and I love how they display their bread. On past visits, I have enjoyed their namesake (the Saint Honore) and the Opera.
best (looking) - tarte aux pommes
Portland, I love you. But after this trip I think I need a solid month off from eating anything made with laminated dough.