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“Should Have Bought More”

Pleasanton Brick Oven Bakery
Ranked #1 of 7 Bakeries in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Holton, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Should Have Bought More”
Reviewed September 30, 2011

Small place, but when you see the firewood out back, you know something unusual is going on. The Bakery is quite small, but busy, with a case of cookies and sweets, backed up by racks of some beautiful bread. You can see the baker moving the loaves out of the oven in the back.
We felt savory, more than sweet, so we were eyeing a 'breakfast pie.' It was a little turnover of sundried tomatoes, carmelized onions, kale, and potatoes that sounded good. They offered to 'warm it up' for us in the oven (no microwaves in this place), and for about $5 we had one of the best little meals we'd had in a long while. Very flaky crust, and astounding filling. It was gone in about 30 seconds, and we wished we had a couple more. Next time.

  • Visited September 2011
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Herndon, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
“Wonderful Bread”
Reviewed July 18, 2011

My husband and I stopped by Pleasanton Bakery, located at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, on the site that was once a mental asylum, as recommend by the Tasty Traverse Self-Guided Foodie Tour. The bakery site was once the asylum’s fire station. We purchased a chocolate cherry scone to split for breakfast, a rosemary olive parmesan sea salt sun-dried tomato focaccia to have as part of a picnic dinner later in the evening. We sampled the parmesan olive herb rosemary sage olive bread which was wonderful. They even gave us three pieces of it for our picnic. Everything was great and the staff was very nice and friendly.

  • Visited July 2011
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“perfect”
Reviewed April 7, 2011

Excellent.....just simply Excellent. The bread is delicious....the people are so friendly....the area is just so unique....When ever we go to TC we have to go here and stock up. The best bread bakery anywhere

  • Visited April 2011
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Traverse City, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
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“Incredibly unique & delicious bakery in Traverse City”
Reviewed May 20, 2010

When I walked up to the Pleasanton Brick Over Bakery the first thing I noticed was the stacks of chopped wood near the building. Huh? But the reason became clear when I stepped inside the tiny bakery and saw the wood burning brick over that dominates the open kitchen. It was immediately clear that this wasn't your typical grocery store-style bakery.

We've only tried a few of the breads so far and can't wait to try them all. The parmesan olive herb and the golden wheat were fabulous: crusty, favorful and hearty. And I am now ADDICTED to their Pleasanton Cookies -- a huge, unbelievable cookie made with banana, oatmeal, chocolate chips and NO flour or sugar!

The service is very friendly and folksy. Expect long lines that extend out the door during peak hours. The prices are a little steep but, frankly, you expect that for this quality of product.

Parking is a bit of a problem. The lot across the street has a wicked, muffler-threatening curb. Be careful!

We love this place! Highly recommended!

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