BEST BREAD Minneapolis 2001 - Great Harvest Bread
When you open the door to Great Harvest Bread, it's hard to tell what's more overpowering, the sight of rows and rows of grainy, golden loaves and stretchy dough or the intoxicating warm, yeasty scent. You'll scarcely have a moment to collect yourself before a clerk is slicing you a slab of fresh-from-the-oven bread. Would you like the chewy, tart Santa Rosa sourdough? Or the sweet-and-sour burst of cranberry orange? Whatever you choose, the taste will likely conjure up memories of your mom's kitchen (or, if she didn't bake, then Donna Reed's kitchen). Great Harvest bakes a wide variety of breads throughout the week, so it's important to consult a schedule if there's a particular loaf you're after. If Apple Cinnamon Walnut ($4.65) is your wish, then go on Monday or Friday; Oat Bran Whole Wheat ($3.35) is available on Wednesday; Spinach Feta ($4.95) on Friday and Saturday. Assorted dinner rolls, scones, and cookies are also in stock. And don't forget the savory seasonal specialties, like the Easter favorite, "Honey Bunny," a loaf of Honey Whole Wheat bread shaped into a rabbit ($9.95). So cute, it's almost a shame to eat it. But you'll get over that.