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Best Bakeries In Pittsburgh

May 11, 2011 6:49 AM

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jeanmarcchatellier Best Bakeries In Pittsburgh

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Whether it’s cakes you crave or pastries you prefer, the Pittsburgh area has no shortage of bakeries that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery

213 North Ave., Millvale
(412) 821-8533
www.jeanmarcchatellier.com

Calling it “pastry heaven,” Pittsburgh Magazine named this Millvale bakery its editor’s pick in its 2007 “Best of the ‘Burgh” edition — and we agreed! From quiches to croissants, this authentic French bakery truly offers something for everyone. “An incredible French bakery – worth every calorie,” one KDKA staffer wrote. “Jean-Marc is wonderful and colorful and his creations are to die for,” added another. A quick visit to his website lists a host of testimonials from satisfied customers!

Prantl’s Bakery

5525 Walnut Street
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 621-2092

438 Market Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-6861
www.shop.prantlsbakery.com

If you haven’t tasted Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte, you may just want to head to one of this bakery’s two locations to find out what you’ve been missing. One KDKA staff member summed up this treat with two little words: “Pure bliss!” Made with yellow cake, homemade buttercream and creamy custard along with “loads of secret recipe toasted almonds,” Prantl’s calls its creation “Pittsburgh’s most famous dessert.” It’s even available for shipping!

Lincoln Bakery

543 Lincoln Ave
Bellevue, PA 15202-3548
(412) 766-0954

Lincoln Bakery in Bellevue has a “long history of baking signature items and doing it right,” summed up one satisfied customer from KDKA. Celebrating its 65th year of baking everything from scratch – including such offerings as chocolate ganache cheesecake, it’s easy to see why people come from all over town to shop at the oldest family-owned business in Bellevue!

Kretchmar’s Bakery

664 Third St.
Beaver, PA
(724) 774-2324
www.kbakery.com

Another long-standing bakery that ranks among our favorites is Kretchmar’s Bakery in Beaver; and we’re not alone! From the Beaver County Times to AOL’s Cityguide, Kretchmar’s consistently rank among the best! If you’re looking for a cake to make your little one’s birthday extra special, check out Kretchmar’s wide selection. From a Barbie Doll or Disney Princess Castle cake that’s sure to light up any little girl’s face to their Thomas Train Signature cake – you can’t go wrong!

Bethel Bakery

5200 Brightwood Rd.
Bethel Park, PA 15102
412-835-6658
www.bethelbakery.com

Bethel Bakery in Bethel Park is another family-owned business that has been satiating the sweet tooth of many locals for decades. Now celebrating its 55th anniversary, Bethel Bakery may be best known for its butter cream frosting and gorgeous wedding cakes. In fact, Bethel Bakery lists a 2010 “Bride’s Choice” Award on its website; and at least one KDKA bride who selected Bethel Bakery as the cake for her big day said they did not disappoint!

Bartram House Bakery

4120 Washington Road
McMurray, PA
724-260-0702
www.bartramhousebakery.com

Located in northern Washington County on Route 19 in McMurray, Bartram House Bakery ranks among our favorites because of its incredible, fresh selection of pies, cakes, cookies, coffee and more! This family-owned business boasts that its staff “prepares over 100 different scratch-made desserts each day.” Bartram House Bakery even offers a catering service with everything from soups and sandwiches to tailgate special desserts with team color cupcakes and cakes.

Party Cake Shop

706 Brookline Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
412-531-5322

297 Beverly Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
412-343-0101

www.partycakeshop.com

Party Cake Shop has been in business since 1961, but its original Brookline Boulevard location has been operating as a bakery for the last century! Now with locations in Brookline and Mt. Lebanon, this family-owned and operated bakery makes our favorites because of its “unbelievable service” and the “great flavor” of its pies.

The Country Pie Shoppe

Rte. 819 South
Mt. Pleasant PA
724-547-7105

Rte 31 East
Donegal PA
724-593-7105

www.countrypieshoppe.com

With two locations in Westmoreland County, The Country Pie Shoppe made our favorite bakeries list because its “chocolate chip cookies are made to perfection!” But cookies aren’t the only treats that are sure to satisfy. With homemade cinnamon rolls, breads baked from scratch “the way Grandma used to” and a selection of homemade pies from lemon meringue to blackberry – the Country Pie Shoppe won’t disappoint!

Honorable Mentions

Of course, it’s all a matter of taste when it comes to picking the best of the best. In its latest “Best of the ‘Burgh” survey, Pittsburgh Magazine readers gave top honors to The Pie Place in Upper St. Clair.

These are just a few of our favorites; but they’re certainly not all of them. Also check out Kribel’s Bakery, Dozen Bake Shop and Oakmont Bakery.

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