Review: Blue Oven Bakery

The Better Half can’t let a Saturday morning go by without a waffle from Taste of Belgium, so he’ll often trek out long before I get up (I like to sleep in, what can I say?) to grab a waffle and some produce from Findlay Market. One day, he came home and asked, “Do you know what’s up with the huge line for bread at Findlay?” Sleepily, I answered, “Oh, that’s Blue Oven. It’s pretty awesome.”

Blue Oven Bakery has some of the best bread in the city. They supply it to several restaurants (A Tavola and Wildflower Cafe, to name a few) and also sell their bread at several farmer’s markets, including Findlay Market. There is always a line. To illustrate:

7:45 AM

8:00 AM

8:30 AM

See? Get there early. Even the pig wants in on the action. They sell out often– and quickly– for good reason. We’ve tried several of their breads that are life-changing.

First, the baguette. The baguette is good– some heft, chewy crust, soft inside. It doesn’t go hard nearly as quickly as a baguette in France (for many reasons), which is handy since it’s more difficult to get a baguette daily (we bought one on Saturday and will probably eat it for dinner tonight after a bit of toasting).

Apricot, Cranberry and Walnut Bread: I called this one “life changing” on Twitter. Big chunks of apricot, dotted with cranberries and a few walnuts, it’s heavy and crusty and amazingly good with just a bit of butter.

PhotoChocolate Cherry Bread: Life changing? Nah. Let’s try world-changing. Bitter, dark chocolate and tart cherries combine to make an amazing experience. I could see this paired with port for dessert, or in a killer bread pudding or even french toast. It’s absolutely addictive. I think I could get into a fight over this, it’s that good.

I’ve tried the Froccacia (Blue Oven is owned by the Frommeyers, get it?) on a sandwich at Park + Vine and their sourdough English Muffins are the new bread for the burgers at Wildflower Cafe. Head to their website to find out where they’re selling their awesome bread, and get in line early so you can get your favorite.

13 thoughts on “Review: Blue Oven Bakery”

  • They come to Hyde Park Farmer’s Market too.  My church is nearby, so I have tried before church, after church, anytime…the lines are unbelievably long.

  • At the beginning of this farmer’s market season I was willing to put up with the lines since all the best breads go quickly; however, my last few Saturday’s at Findlay I’ve just given up.  I love their bread but skipping Blue Oven cuts my market trip time at least in half.  

  • If you wouldn’t tell the world about it I wouldn’t have to stand in line so long on Saturday morning. That’s me standing next to the lightpole in the first picture.

    • Perhaps knowing so many people are interested, they’ll start taking orders (which they appear to want to do in the future) so folks don’t have to wait in line.  

    • Shadeau is great, but Blue Oven is even better.  They don’t do things like rolls and pastries so Shadeau will always have a place in my heart (and stomach).

  • Blue Oven’s line is insane at Hyde Park farmers market, too.  (Kudos to Blue Oven!)  I adore Jean Paul’s Paradiso, though (East side restaurant), and also at HPFM.   I like a softer bread.  Blue Oven’s is a very dense, tough bread….great for dipping into soups.   The pizza and bread at Paradiso is out of this world!  …try the Greek pizza.  So good!

    • Eat that chocolate cherry bread and tell me that it couldn’t broker world peace.  One world, united over killer bread.  Turning swords to plowshares specifically to harvest wheat for said bread.  It could happen.

  • Haven’t tried the fruit/nut breads, but I found the baguette to be pretty good. I think the bar is rather low for baguettes in Cincinnati. I’d have to say that their baguette would probably make the first decent poboy I’ve had in Cincinnati, but I’m not sure if any restaurants use them for that purpose.

  • HA! Just found out about Blue Oven. We go to the mkt at 10:45 on Sat.’s and they’re long gone. This past weekend we went early and saw the long line. We waited til the end and got a delicious round of rye. It is so good w’ some melted cheeses from Silverglades,yummy.

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