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“Best bagels in Portland, maybe in the world”
Review of Scratch Baking Co.

Scratch Baking Co.
Ranked #1 of 9 Dessert in South Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast, Takeout
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Takeout
maine
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best bagels in Portland, maybe in the world”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Scratch bagels are chewy, light and scrumptious. Eat them plain or smeared with cream cheese. During the weekend you have to be willing to brave the long lines for the bagels.

Visited July 2013
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Portland, Maine
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12 reviews
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“Stopping here is a requirement”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

I happen to work at the campus down the road so stop all the time. Scratch is a must for anyone that loves a good bakery. I am from NY so know a good bagel and I also love sourdough bread. Scratch Bagels are amazing and a wonderful combination of both worlds. The scones, cookies and all wonderful. They recently added lunch and pizza... If your visiting Maine this place is worth the stop but you have to do it early as thing sell fast!

  • Visited July 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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134 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
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“The best of bohemia”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Scratch is one of those rare treats that you wish your hippy created in the 60's when he was trying to find his/herself. The baked products are fantastic, try the daily muffins- the bagels are a very unique cross between a Montreal bagel and a New York bagel and are chewy but at the same time light. The desserts are sinful and delicious try the camel cream puffs- they look odd but are amazing. The staff have a little attitude, however, do a good job and make an excellent coffee.
Enjoy!

  • Visited July 2013
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Winslow, Maine
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“Recommended by the locals”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

We were in town for a business trip and this bakery was recommended by our clients. We dropped in around lunch time and were greeted with the smell of freshly baked bread, coffee, cookies...oh yum. The first bin of bread was just out of the oven so we couldn't resist a "slab" of herb and sea salt bread, and of course a bottle of red wine to go with. A nice little display of wines also greets you at the door. We wound our way around and settled on an almond horseshoe, a coconut macaroon, a chocolate chip cookie and a peanut butter cookie. Yes. Yes. Yes. They seem to have the right mix of chewy, crunchy and sweet. Highly recommend a stop by this little gem.

  • Visited July 2013
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“wonderful snack”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

My husband and I were passing through Portland and, after reading the reviews, went out of our way to find this bakery. It was well worth it. The almond cookies were amazing and my only regret is that I did not purchase extras to have later.

  • Visited June 2013
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