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PDX: Crema is good, know any other bakery/cafes like it?

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PDX: Crema is good, know any other bakery/cafes like it?

patrick | Oct 17, 2006 05:39 PM

My partner and I like to go on ten-mile-ish bike rides on weekday mornings, with a bakery/cafe as either the destination or a place to stop on the way home.

Yesterday, we went to Foxfire for our favorite pot of tea and tender scones, but I forgot they are closed on Mondays. So we dragged our broken hearts off the ridge and to Crema, which we'd been meaning to check out. It's at 28th and SE Ankeny.

Crema is the epitome of the bike-ride bakery. Lots of excellent baked goods, baked on site, from sweet to savory. We had an orange ginger scone, which was crusty but tender; and two savory biscuits, one with cheddar and caramelized corn, and one with manchego and mushrooms. Plus a big presspot of loose-leaf earl grey and a good latte with Stumptown beans. They also serve sandwiches for lunch.

So...tasty baked goods, pleasant stay-a-while atmosphere, good locally roasted coffee, and, for extra credit, loose-leaf tea. Any other places we should know about? The only one that leaps to mind (other than Foxfire) is Blue Gardenia on Mississippi, and maybe Ugly Mug in Sellwood, though I haven't tried their bakery items and I don't think they're made on site.

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