In a city with its fair share of sensational bakeries, 6-month old Le Rêve on Queen Anne Hill fits right in. Let’s start with the kouign amann, or Breton butter cake ($3.75)—a wonder of butter, pastry and sugar that bakes into a caramelized, utterly divine experience (watch your back, Honoré!).
Owners Sharon Fillingim, who grew up in the restaurant business (including at Jimmy’s Table and Cool Hand Luke’s), and Andrea Nakata, whose background is in real estate, hoped their bakery would become a neighborhood gathering place, and it quickly has become that: Small groups lunch together, and moms with their tots meet for coffee and to share a pain au chocolat ($3.75) or the twice-baked almond croissant ($3.75) (watch your back, Bakery Nouveau!). But it’s not just a destination for sweets and pastries.
The stellar BLT&G sandwich here ($6.25) arrives on a glossy house-made brioche smeared with goat cheese. This is one of those places where you’ll want to order a half-dozen items, so bring along a friend or two and share the experience.
Queen Anne, 1805 Queen Anne Ave. N, Suite 100; 206.623.7383; lerevebakery.com. ¢