If you’re a craver of carbs, lover of loaves, breaker of bread or however you want to say it, Grano Bakery is the place for you.
This bakery in downtown Oregon City has been open for about 8 months now, and has quickly grained (oops…gained) a reputation as a top-notch establishment creating some truly wonderful breads and other baked goods. This isn’t grocery store bread, folks. This is hand-crafted, baked with love goodness that is something truly special. If you have one of these on your table at your next dinner party, just know the bread is going to be the star.
They have several different types of bread, from a “kid friendly” brioche that is just perfect, to a dense, German vollkornbrot that pleases the palate with its subtle rye flavors and nutritious seeds. Their daily lineup also includes varities of durum, spelt, and ciabatta baguettes. I got to sample a few of these, and each one was simply amazing. The textures were delightful, with crunchy crusts with the right amount of give and warm, chewy insides. It was difficult to keep going on the video at some times, because I was too busy enjoying what I was sampling. It’s a rough job…
They also have a great selection of treats as well. I sampled a delicious creation called a Manita, a hand-shaped savory bread that includes some hatch chili peppers for just enough heat to give your mouth a little tingle. It’s subtle enough to not bother those who can’t handle spices. So while it won’t leave you diving for a glass of water by any means, it’s got enough so that you know what you’re eating.
The most exciting thing to come out of our time there today was perhaps the revelation that come January, they’ll be offering break-making classes. If you would like to try your hand at making any of these yourself, then you knead to check these out. (Yes, we went there. Sorry.) If you just want to enjoy some amazing bread paired with great local foods, then the Supper Club, also starting in January, is perfect for you.