I've been on a bit of a spree, hitting bakeries in the area (and totally killing my diet!).
La Maison du Pain: I got the "traditional baguette", which was not like a baguette I'd ever found in France. (I think that's the name - it was the more slender [though still larger than baguettes I'm used to] of the two baguettes offered.) Overall, I was not a fan - the bread in general reminded me of those "pop in the oven and bake" loaves of bread you find at the supermarket with a browned crust and a soft spongy, almost wonder bread-esque, inside. Also got a chocolate croissant - good, but the pastry was not as light and airy as it could have been, verging slightly onto the dense side. A similar complaint with the peach danish regarding the pastry. Two small rolls - sourdough and olive - were good, but the latter had that soft spongy inside like the baguette.
Buttercup Bakery: Red velvet cupcake was dry and bland. I was very disappointed. Doughboys still makes the best in the area, in my opinion. Also got a chocolate espresso cookie which while good, was nothing special.
Breadbar: Everything I've bought here has been excellent. So far, I've tried the baguette, olive bread, fig bread, and cheese bread. It's hard-pressed for me to decide which I like the best. I love that the cheese bread is still great three days later, without needing to be toasted. The fig bread is great toasted with a touch of butter, and the olive bread doesn't really hang around long enough to need toasting. (Un)fortunately, this is on the way home from school for me, which means that I swing by way more often than I should. Did get lunch there once - a heaping salad of mixed greens with brie, walnuts, and figs. It wasn't anything special, however. Haven't yet delved into their other offerings, but it's just a matter of time.
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