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Great Harvest Bread - 5 Reviews - 2218 NW Market St, Seattle, WA - Sandwiches Reviews - Phone (206) 706-3434

Great Harvest Bread

2218 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 706-3434
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The scent of their hearty whole-wheat cinnamon bread drew me in - and I couldn't be happier!! I usually bake my own bread because I'm less than impressed with the usual off the sh...


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Homemade bread in Ballard 12/30/2006

On my birthday this year a friend and I stopped in at the Ballard Great Harvest Bread Company. I think one of the friendly, pleasant counter persons offered us a slice of the Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Bread, which was so good that I bought a loaf a moments later. It was super-delicious, with large chunks of juicy, tangy, mouth-watering sun-dried tomatoes and swirls of pesto in light, almost flaky wheat-grain. A month later I went back and got another loaf. This time I could barely taste the tomato. In fact, after finishing it, I asked myself: Why does this taste so different from the first loaf I had had of it? Then I recalled that something to be missing. After further rumination, I "hit" on it: the missing something were the juicy chunks of sun-dried tomatoes that burst open with flavor and combined with the swirls of pesto made it SO memorable. The fact that the bread had been sitting around in a plastic bag also made the crust not much of a crust at all. It seemed more like a loaf of "Wonderbread" (sandwich bread). In fact, I couldn't recall at all that there were any chunks of sun-dried tomato. I called them and explained my disappointment. I think the owner/baker explained that sometimes a loaf may not get very much of a particular ingredient (my paraphrase of his words) and that THAT is a rare event. He offered to let me try another loaf of the same, saying they stood by their breads. Two weeks later, I stopped in and got a replacement loaf. This time I had the store clerk place it in a paper bag (they bag the loaves around 5:00 pm, I guess. I got there at least a couple of hours before they started to do this). This time there definitely were some pieces of sun-dried tomatoes, but they were mostly "flakes," rather than chunks. It didn't have the richness and burst of flavor of the first loaf. Nonetheless I do appreciate this establishment's sincere attempts to remedy the situation. I generally like breads that are either chewier and/or have some sort of crust. One would do best to get their breads --they bake once a day according to their staff--by early afternoon, when they are at their optimal freshness and are still sitting on racks (not bagged). And they have a schedule of the different breads they do different days, which certainly makes for variety. As an occasional change from the "hard-crust" breads of Macrina, or other artisan breads that can be purchased at PCC, etc., this can be a welcome change. In fact, though this is not the kind of bread I would eat with cheese, it makes a nice accompaniment (spelt or honey wheat) with butter to spaghetti and other hearty meals. The bread reminds me the of the delicious home-made buns we used to in our school cafeteria decades ago when I was in elementary school. There is a small, nice sit-down area in front (they serve coffee, etc.) and a few chairs outside. I have always enjoyed Ballard for its unpretentious, relaxed, close-to-the-Locks atmosphere. So I will undoubtedly occasionally drop in here again... As I recall, the local supermarkets do not carry Great Harvest Bread. Hence, you have to go to one of the bakery/store outlets on Sandpoint Way, in Ballard, or in West Seattle. These are all franchises... more

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Awesome Spelt Bread 4/23/2006

There are a few brands of store-bought spelt bread that I like. But I'd rather buy it here. So soft and moist and perfect for sandwiches! They also have challah which is delish. The bread bunnies are funny too. And how can I go wrong when they give me a free slice of bread when I buy something? YUM. The sandwiches are a bit boring, but it's the bread I'm there for anyway. Great peeps too. more

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great harvest, great bread 3/29/2006

Warm bread, fresh from the oven, with high quality ingredients await you at the Great Harvest Bread Co. I love going to the one in Ballard on Fridays when my favorite bread, the sundried tomato pesto, is available. So spongy and tasty, it should be a dessert. If you're looking for a healthy option for a sweet breakfast, try their coffeecake. However, I must warn you that it tastes best if consumed the same day. And it's rare the coffeecake makes it past day 1 for me. more

great store, kid-friendly 8/17/2005

great harvest bread co. has something for everyone- they have many samples of every bread they are currently selling, their breads and pastries are always fresh-baked, and they are just plain yummy. their classic honey wheat bread is my personal favorite, and they always seem to have that. on other visits i have sampled all sorts of different breads, of which my favorite was a cinnamon roll bread, which was basically a slice of a loaf-shaped cinnamon roll. for your kids, they have free, scrumptious, kid-friendly breadsticks, frequent coloring "contests" where your kid can color a picture and then get a giant cookie when they turn in their artwork, which then gets posted in the bakery, and a basket of books and toys. If you are in the area, i suggest stopping by! they also sell some granolas and such, and i think maybe some jams and jellies. more
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  • National franchise bakes whole wheat bread, cookies, muffins and other goods from scratch.

  • 10/19/2004 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Sat-Sun: 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri: 7am-6pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Ballard, Adams