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The Essential Baking Company

Map & Directions 1604 N. 34th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
  • Bakeries
  • Sun 8am-6pm, Mon-Fri 6am-6pm, Sat 7am-6pm
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  • None
  • Not Necessary
  • Street


Seattle Weekly's Description

If you think hearty organic breads, sandwiches, and soups when you think of the Essential Baking Company Café, it's time to expand your ideas to include decadent desserts. The tartlets are grand: Fresh fruit toppings, fabulous custard, and a sugary pastry crust are what make a perfect tart, but pure fluid chocolate and lemon curd are not to be sneezed at. A white-chocolate cheesecake and chocolate mousse pyramid help round out the dessert menu. Stop by after dinner and see for yourself what fresh ingredients and a whole lot of butter can do.

Member Reviews

  • on 11/16/12

    I actually like the bread, and most times I've had a good experience. I would avoid going there in the morning, though - after waiting in line to order a loaf of bread the cashier walked past me, telling me to wait in the OTHER line in snippy tone of voice. Every other time I've been there I waited in the first line and things were fine. The difference this time is that because... More >>

  • on 05/06/09

    I've been an Essential bread buyer for years, but when I go to their airy cafe in Madison Valley (there's another Essential cafe in Wallingford), my foremost thoughts are not about the bread. Instead, I dwell on the produce. Essential makes some of the freshest salads in town, and I once had there the sweetest cherry tomato I've ever tasted. The produce comes from a popular... More >>

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  • Chris L. on 11/12/11

    The pizza bread that comes with theirs soups and salads is like crack

  • Brad H. on 09/21/11

    Ask for the Stromboli. I know - they don't have it but they should. I ask for it in protest - this is the second time they've taken them away.

  • Wei-ju W. on 01/10/11

    great sandwiches for vegetarians and omnivores alike

  • Caitlin K. on 02/02/10

    They close at 6?!

  • Yuri K. on 06/16/12

    Italian sandwich is delicious.

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