Put down the white bread and the uninspired donut. If you’re craving bread or sweets, there’s no better place than locally owned craft bakeries.
From hearth-baked boule to San Francisco sourdough, there’s a world of wheat to explore. And for those avoiding gluten, many bakeries also serve up gluten-free alternatives to your favorite baked goods.
The next time you’re running low on bread, pastries or donuts, stop by one of these bakeries. You’ll likely find something new to try.
Nantucket Baking Company
The sister bakery to Martha’s Vineyard gourmet grocery shop and Lyon Street Café, Nantucket is a small-but-hearty bakery in the Midtown neighborhood. They offer a wide range of baked goods, from sourdough to rye and granola to pies. The bread varieties change daily, so check out their website for more info.
Field & Fire
Stop into the Field & Fire bakery at the Downtown Market or their café on the northeast side for some crispy goodness. Expect hearth-baked rustic loaves, many of which are made by natural fermentation methods. They also serve up a wide range of muffins, croissants and cinnamon buns (only on the weekend).
Wealthy Street Bakery and Hall Street Bakery
Wealthy Street Bakery has been a neighborhood staple for more than 15 years and the go-to place for fresh bread, sweet treats and casual lunch fare. The owners opened a second location on Hall Street in 2014 with a dedicated gluten-free kitchen. You can even get your favorite sandwiches or salads delivered via Uber Eats or Grubhub.
Van’s Pastry Shoppe
If you ask around town, it won’t be long until the name Van’s pops up in conversation. For nearly 90 years, they’ve been known for fresh donuts and (now) old-fashioned charm. Check out the vintage cookie jars while waiting in line for Dutch treats. If you’re there around lunch, they also serve foods like hot dogs and soup.
If you need a cake, Cakabakery tops our list. Owner Jason Kakabaker rose to national fame with his appearance on the Food Network show “Cupcake Wars.” His East Fulton shop is full of tasty sweets, from cupcakes to cookies. Everything is made from scratch, and if you’re looking for something custom, you’ll want to call far in advance, especially during graduation and wedding seasons.
Photo: Field & Fire breads. Via fb.com