Lovejoy Bakers Opens Today!

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The line wasn’t quite out the door yet this morning when I arrived at brand new Lovejoy Bakers, but it was getting close.

A partnership between former Pearl Bakery head baker Dan Griffin and the owners of Pizzicato Pizza, Lovejoy Bakers’ opening was eagerly anticipated by neighbors, industry folks, and curious food lovers alike. I’ve been peeking through the brown paper on the windows for weeks, myself. Maybe even months. Having suffered through meals at three of the four restaurants who occupied and then unoccupied the space before the arrival of Lovejoy Bakers, I was sincerely hoping the fifth time would be a charm. It’s certainly looking, and tasting, hopeful.

Inside the beautiful glass and steel-framed bakery, tantalizing freshly baked breads and pastries were lined up in neat rows, a full coffee bar fueled those on their way to work with Ristretto Roasters brews, and a selection of fresh fruit, natural juices and sodas, sparkling water, and Nancy’s organic yogurt filled the cold case by the registers.

I ogled the lunch menu, which includes 17 sandwich selections like open-faced smoked salmon tartine with creme fraiche and egg salad with lemon zest and chives, a few soups, house cheese and charcuterie plates, breakfast sandwiches served all day, and salads like roasted beet and citrus with chevre and the Lovejoy Salad–Bleu d’ Auvergne, San Daniele proscuitto, house-roasted turkey, sliced egg, and cured olives in a tarragon dressing. For pictures and menu click here>>

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The bakery itself is a visual delight, every nook and cranny that seemed so awkward in the space’s previous incarnations outfitted in such a stylishly inviting way that you can’t hardly decide where to sit. Here are a few pictures I took. Sorry they are blurry, I think the setting on my camera was wonky:

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Lovejoy Bakers’ coffee bar is serving up Ristretto Roasters coffee.

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They also have a selection of wines by the glass, and seasonal beers on tap. And big bags of flour.

lovejoycommtable2In the back of the bakery is a long, L-shaped communal table. Apparently, it’s already the “it” place to be. As I walked up I noticed an old foodie friend, a gaggle of Pearl moms, and the owner of nearby Ziba design all congregated around it.

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Ickle me, pickle me, tickle me too. That’s all I really have to say about the wall of pickled delights across from the communal table.

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This might be one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen–part art installation, part sample heaven. Bent spoons affixed to the wall with wide technicolor tape cradle generous wedges of housemade cookies and other goodies. Just walk up and take your pick.

lovejoycroissantMy morning croissant.

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Lunch–a huge, delicious roast turkey sandwich with cranberry chutney, and a bowl of thick, fragrant butternut squash soup.  We made quick work of the maple-pumpkin cookie, so I don’t have a picture. The sandwich, soup, and cookie all rang in at under $10. A midday miracle.

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At the moment, Lovejoy Bakers is offering a limited menu, but the floodgates open Saturday. Since I work mere blocks away (lucky me!) I intend to return, probably daily, and investigate further. I will keep you posted.

Here is the menu:
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939 NW 10th Ave. (corner of NW Lovejoy & NW 10th) Portland * 503.208.3113 * www.lovejoybakers.com