Black Bear Bakery can boast a truly unique combination of assets to appeal to all sorts of customers -- foodies (vegetarian or not) will appreciate the fabulous breads and pastries; history buffs will love the building, the equipment, and the history of the recipes; locavores will love the way Black Bear supports the community in which they live; and there's always plenty of art and literature around the shop to read and enjoy. It's well worth the drive to Cherokee Street to visit this place, and don't worry about the neighborhood. It's vibrant and artsy but not particularly affluent, which doesn't mean there's a murderer on every corner. If variety isn't your thing, stay in the county, but if you appreciate tasty, substantial food and a fascinating, historic neighborhood (no strip malls here!), then add Black Bear Bakery to your favorites! Don't forget to try the house-made granola -- it's the best ever!
Cons: Sometimes a little slow