Some of us are addicted to fresh baked bread — not those processed, plastic-wrapped loaves of white bread you get in the supermarket. But some area bakeries have shut their doors for the time being.
All is not lost! There are still several locally owned places where you can snag a loaf of artisan bread made from scratch on the premises using high quality ingredients.
If you’re on the west side of town, that place is Breadsmith in Lakewood. They’re open from Tuesday-Friday from 7am-6pm, Saturday from 7am-5pm, and Sunday from 8am-4pm, featuring daily breads such as challah, French and sourdough, along with daily specials. Cookies, scones, cinnamon rolls and other sweets are also on the menu. They’re suspending their monthly/occasional specials for the duration of the pandemic.
In Cleveland Heights, On the Rise Artisan Breads is open for online ordering and pickup at the shop Tuesday-Thursday from 9am-3pm and Friday and Saturday from 8am-2pm. Order such daily breads as French and rustic Italian in several configurations, cinnamon raisin swirl, focaccia and dense, crusty Finnish rye. They’ve also got beverages, cookies, tarts brownies and croissants. They’re only taking online orders now, no walk-ins.
Also in Cleveland Heights, Stone Oven Bakery, a popular place for meeting friends and colleagues or just hanging out, can’t be doing that now, but they have made their breads, pastries, salads and sandwiches available for online ordering. Everything from oatmeal to yogurt to toast to soups is available, along with fresh, crusty breads, croissants, biscuits, cookies and brownies. Give them 48 hours notice and you can pick up a family meal.
In the Shaker Square neighborhood, EDWINS Bakery is open for business; order from their posted menu and call for takeout or delivery Monday-Friday from 7am-5pm, Saturday from 8am-4pm and Sunday from 10:30am-1:30pm. In addition to breads and pastries, they offer a full breakfast menu of items such as sausage biscuits & gravy, corned beef hash, crepes and omelet.
Little Italy mainstay Presti’s Bakery, in business since 1903, has been closed since early April. But as of May 4, it will reopen for to-go orders from 6m-7pm. If you’ve been missing one of its vast selection of specialty Italian-style pastries or Italian breads in a variety of shapes, you’ll want to circle the date. Presumably, they’ll have their sandwiches, entrees and salads to go, welcome news for the medical personnel at University Hospital down the street.