Cascade Baking Company
I get the feeling that I eat Cascade Baking Co. products more often than I realize. It seems like every time I go out to eat, restaurants boast about having bread made by CBC. Owner Stephen Perkins can easily claim the title, "Salem's Baker" because of his dedication to using only local and natural ingredients in his baking. People love their breads and pastries, including me, but I also really like the bakery's atmosphere. The moment you open the door and smell the warm aroma of fresh baked brick oven bread, you know you're in for a treat. There's a feeling that there's not much standing in the way between the brick oven and your plate. It seems as if as soon as the bread has cooled it's ready to serve and you can't get any fresher than that. That's how I discovered the Tomato and Roasted Garlic Foccacia for $4. It was placed on top of the counter as I was licking my lips trying to decide what I was going to order for breakfast. The sight of the roasted garlic switched my appetite into early lunch mode. It was as fantastic as it looked and smelled but that wasn't much of a surprise because everything here is really good. I sat with my family and ate ate a cozy table in the corner of the restaurant and watched as a steady stream of people smile as they entered the front door of the bakery. Perkins is proving that local is better. Across the board on every category, quality, cost, atmosphere and service Cascade Baking Company is better than any bakery chain in town. By the way, it's not in any way a complaint that CBC does not accept credit cards. It's an added touch, proving that our commerce can be kept local along with our food.
Reviewed by Salem Man 11/16/07
Cascade Baking Company. The welcoming aroma of fresh baked bread, leads you inside to a relaxed atmosphere. Cascade Baking Company buys all their ingredients from local farmers and producers in Oregon and the Northwest. Even the coffee is roasted in Eugene. I discovered this place over a year ago when we all watched McMahan's furniture store burn down. It seemed like the perfect place to show off as a great mom and pop business that Salem is lacking. They bake a variety of breads, including sourdough, focaccia and whole wheat, cooked in a hand built brick oven. But for a sweet breakfast I suggest the Gooey Butter Coffee Cake. One bite followed by a sip of coffee and you will thank me for suggesting this place. This morning treat is a unique find in Salem because it's traditionally only made in St. Louis Missouri. According to legend, this pastry was made by accident when a baker used the wrong amount of ingredients while trying to bake a regular cake. It's no mistake that these sell quickly at Cascade Baking Company along with other baked options that compliment your cup of coffee. Even though it's downtown, I've never had trouble finding parking near by. Also be sure to bring cash because they don't take credit or ATM cards.