Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sparrow Bakery

The Sparrow Bakery

Bend's historic ironworks district now houses an eclectic assortment of post-industrial businesses, including an experimental theater, a pottery center, and one of the best bakeries I've ever come across. The Sparrow Bakery nestles inside an appealingly weathered brick cube; there's a small area given over to indoor seating but most of the space is devoted to producing and displaying magnificent baked goods.

One of the house specialties is the Ocean Roll (bottom center, $3.25), a swirl of hand-folded croissant dough laced with cardamon and brown sugar. The texture was absolutely perfect--the crisp, flaky outside giving way to layer upon layer of tender pastry flesh as I unrolled it. It tasted of fresh butter and exotic spices, with occasional hits of caramel wherever the melted brown sugar had pooled in the pastry's nooks and crannies.

The Sparrow also serves Stumptown coffee, salads, and a roster of creative sandwiches (they call them "sandoh").

The Sparrow Bakery
50 SE Scott Street
Bend, OR

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