Three of the Best Local Bread Bakeries in Town

Allez Bakery

Photograph by Wes Battoclette

Bread is an essential part of many meals—from bookending sandwiches to soaking up saucy dinners. Here’s three bakeries you’ll knead to know to find the best loaves in town.

Blue Oven Bakery

By now you might have heard about Blue Oven’s otherworldly English muffins, but if you haven’t, hurry out right now and snag a bag at their Findlay Market stall—they’re worth the hype. Or do like so many restaurants around town and scoop up one of their handcrafted loaves for your next batch of sandwiches. (The multi-seed–crusted “Bad Boy” sourdough is our fave.)

Em’s Sourdough Bread

Loaves of bread, buns, rolls, and baguettes fill baskets and shelves at the Em’s counter in Findlay Market, all baked daily on site. But go a step further and treat yourself to a hearty breakfast or lunch sandwich on those breads and rolls, like the Sheila Gray (corned beef, brat, beer cheese, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, mustard, and Thousand Island dressing). 

1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 802-5728,

Sixteen Bricks

Flour, water, sea salt, (sometimes) yeast. That’s what you get from Sixteen Bricks bread, yet it’s much more than the sum of its parts: Bread at its simplest and finest. Find it all over town at fancy food purveyors: Avril Bleh’s, Lehr’s Prime Market, Hyde Park Gourmet, and even on tables at Postmark, Bouquet, and Pleasantry.

(513) 873-1426,

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