America's Best Bakeries

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From Charleston to L.A., these bakeries put a creative, seasonal twist on cupcakes, pies, and cookies.

Gracious Bakery & Café, New Orleans

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Owner Megan Roen Forman worked as a pastry chef for 20 years in New York and at Sucré in New Orleans before opening this Mid-City bakery in 2012 within the LEED- certified Woodward Design and Build Headquarters. But word has quickly spread beyond those offices about her rustic American breads, pretzel-style croissants, and savory dishes like a pesto cruffin—croissant dough baked in a muffin tin that pulls apart like monkeybread—and the more familiar bacon and cheddar croissant. New weekend brunch brings items such as cheddar and green onion biscuits with house-cured ham and homemade pepper jelly to the table. To meet demand, Forman, along with her husband Jay, recently opened a second, quick-service loation called Gracious to Go. 

Must-Try Item: Jay's latest favorite, the Cinnamon Morning Bun, spiked with cardamom and orange zest. graciousbakery.com

America's Best Bakeries

Gracious Bakery & Café, New Orleans

Owner Megan Roen Forman worked as a pastry chef for 20 years in New York and at Sucré in New Orleans before opening this Mid-City bakery in 2012 within the LEED- certified Woodward Design and Build Headquarters. But word has quickly spread beyond those offices about her rustic American breads, pretzel-style croissants, and savory dishes like a pesto cruffin—croissant dough baked in a muffin tin that pulls apart like monkeybread—and the more familiar bacon and cheddar croissant. New weekend brunch brings items such as cheddar and green onion biscuits with house-cured ham and homemade pepper jelly to the table. To meet demand, Forman, along with her husband Jay, recently opened a second, quick-service loation called Gracious to Go. 

Must-Try Item: Jay's latest favorite, the Cinnamon Morning Bun, spiked with cardamom and orange zest. graciousbakery.com

Courtesy of Gracious Bakery
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