Happy National Homemade Bread Day everyone! We all know baking bread is a labor of love, and when it comes out of the oven all warm, squishy and crunchy, the labor is well worth it. Unfortunately, most of us do not possess the skills to make these toasty morsels of deliciousness ourselves, so thank goodness for the local baker.
Local bakeries often work around the clock to deliver the freshest possible bread to their patrons, and for that we salute them! Using Localicious and Foursquare info in comparison to regional population size, we’ve uncovered the most popular bakeries in the country:
5. Le Panier – Seattle, WA
With a line out the door at all times of day, you know this place has got to be good. Le Panier has been a Pike Place institution since 1983 for busy Seattleites looking for a culinary fix to get them through the day.
4. Leonard’s Bakery – Honolulu, HI
As the only non-French style bakery on this list, Leonard’s wins a few diversity points. Known for their mind blowing Malasadas, a Portuegese pasty, Leonard’s also whips up delicious Pao Doce, a Portugese sweet bread that everyone visiting the Island of Oahu needs to try.
3. Boudin Bakery & Cafe – San Francisco, CA
As the first of two San Francisco bakeries on this list, we suspect the Golden City is a great place to get your gluten. Located near the Warf, Boudin has been serving the original San Francisco sourdough since 1849. Today they bake a variety of bread, in a variety of shapes for any occasion.
2. Tartine Bakery & Cafe – San Francisco, CA
Tartine has long been hailed as one of the best bakeries in America, and we can see why. The renowned pastry chef/baker, wife/husband team of Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson, create their masterpieces from the heart, and Tartine is a must stop destination for anyone passing through San Francisco.
1. Amelie’s French Bakery – Charlotte, NC
Amelie’s offers the best of French baking right in Charlotte’s historic NoDa Arts District. From pastries to baguettes, you’re sure to get your carb fix at this delectable French escape.