Portland's 5 best bakeries (that won't break the bank)

17 October 2019

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Looking to try the top bakeries around?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable bakeries in Portland, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fill the bill.

1. Bam Bam Bakery

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Topping the list is Bam Bam Bakery. Located at 267 Commercial St., the bakery and gluten-free spot, which offers coffee and tea and more, is the highest-rated cheap bakery in Portland, boasting 4.5 stars out of 176 reviews on Yelp.

We turned there to learn more about Bam Bam Bakery.

"We started off in our home kitchen making bread and cupcakes," it states in the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "Since 2009 we have tripled our size and distribution and have just moved into a beautiful new retail location. We are proud to part of Portland's Old Port."

Concerning signature items, "Bam Bam Bakery specializes in gluten free baked goods," it writes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "We make everything from scratch in our dedicated kitchen."

2. Baristas + Bites

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Next up is Baristas + Bites, situated at 469 Fore St. With 4.5 stars out of 73 reviews on Yelp, the bakery and breakfast and brunch spot, serving coffee and tea and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an inexpensive option. 

The site can tell you a thing or two more about Baristas + Bites.

"We specialize in gluten free, vegan and classic baked goods," it states on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "We also serve organic non-GMO rotisserie chicken, along with fresh baked breads and freshly roasted vegetables. We source from local farms and use only the highest ingredients available."

3. Ameera Bread

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Deering Center's Ameera Bread, located at 845R Forest Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the low-priced bakery and Middle Eastern spot, which offers sandwiches and more, 4.5 stars out of 106 reviews.

On the menu, expect to find sandwiches, wraps and entrees that include either falafel, chicken, beef or lamb; or try the biryani plate, with seasoned rice, vegetables and chicken or beef. There are also several dips like baba gannoush, tabouleh and muhamara. 

4. Two Fat Cats

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Two Fat Cats, a bakery that offers desserts and cupcakes, is another budget-friendly go-to, with four stars out of 277 Yelp reviews. Head over to 47 India St. to see for yourself.

Two Fat Cats features American pies, specialty cakes and Whoopie pies. Consider the mixed berry pie, with wild Maine blueberries, raspberries and blackberries or a seasonal pie like apple, pumpkin and the New England Bog pie, with Maine blueberries, cranberries, and oat crumble and specks of chocolate. When it comes to cakes, there is red velvet, mint chocolate and fruit and honey, with alternating layers of seasonal fruit filling and vanilla pastry cream. 

5. Tin Pan Bakery

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Over in Nasons Corner, check out Tin Pan Bakery, which has earned five stars out of 20 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the bakery, which offers desserts and more, by heading over to 897 Brighton Ave. 

The site has lots more information about Tin Pan Bakery.

"We are a brand new business," it states in the history section of its Yelp profile. "The owner, Elise Richer, ran a baking business called Cream & Sugar from her house, but wanted to have a business with its own space."

As to what the business is known for, "We bake homestyle goodies from scratch," it writes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "We offer cookies, bars, savory tarts and biscuits."

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