Great Harvest is Grrrreat!

Checking out the newly opened Great Harvest Bakery in Pasadena, California.

I’ve never been as excited for a doctor’s appointment as I am this morning. Her office is in Pasadena, just minutes away from the newly opened Great Harvest Bakery!


I’ve only heard about this bakery chain via Kath Eats Real Food (since she is planning on opening one). Expectations are very high – and I’m happy to report that they are met!

The woman who works at the front couldn’t have been more knowledgeable and friendly. She gives us some samples from the bread bar.


I hadn’t eaten breakfast so I am quite hungry and grateful for the generous portions. Abe and I split the Dakota bread…


…and their bestselling Cinnamon Chip (still warm!)


They have jam and butter out to spread on it, but I just eat them straight up.


Holy Mackerel. So fresh and delicious – some of the best bread I can remember eating in a long time. I am practically bouncing off the walls with anticipation for the sandwiches we order. Luckily the place isn’t too big so I settle down quickly and wait.


I order a “Mile High Rye Panini” – except there isn’t rye bread so I choose the 9-grain. This has smoked turkey and roast beef with red onion, romaine, tomato, and roasted garlic/dill spread. I leave off the swiss cheese.


Hit. The. Spot.

A bite of Abe’s egg and cheese on Honey Wheat, also terrific.


Our sandwiches come with a little side of pickles and an Andes chocolate mint – how old skool!


I save the chocolate for later and get a loaf of 9-grain to go. My friend at the cash register also throws in a free Chocolate Bliss cookie!

So insanely happy with my first Great Harvest experience – I can’t wait to go back.

And look how perfect they areΒ for The Actor’s Diet!


Have you been to a Great Harvest before?


34 thoughts on “Great Harvest is Grrrreat!

  1. wendy lee

    I was at a Great Harvest in Newton Centre, MA when I was visiting my sister. It was particularly memorable because it was a while ago when it was more difficult to find a variety of whole grain breads ,which I prefer. Also, there were all sorts of freebies and tastes and that suits me just fine. I will try to find out whether or not there are any near Philly.

  2. Simply Life

    wow, great panini choice! Gosh I think that would get me excited to go to the dr. too! πŸ™‚

  3. janetha

    mmmmm i LOVE great harvest! i ate their daily in high school. bread makes a great lunch, hah.

  4. luvtoeat

    We would be so lucky to have something like that here. Those sandwiches look so good.

  5. Kim

    I’ve never been to a GreatHarvest, though I’ve heard great things. I love good bread! Through everything, I’ve never feared the carbs πŸ˜‰

  6. theemptynutjar

    Not sure it is Canada – I assume not.
    But I see it on KERF all the time (her hubby works there and they plan to open their own place which sounds so …neat).
    It looks really good.

  7. Anna

    Man, I LOVE great harvests!! We had one in the city I went to grad school in (in Indiana), and I miss it so much! Their fiber bread is SO tasy.

  8. whydeprive

    This place sounds awesome!! Your panini looks so good its almost not fair! πŸ™‚

  9. Susan

    Oh my goodness I am so jealous! Any place with bread that looks like THAT is a place that needs to come to my ‘hood!

  10. blessedHi5ive

    The breads look really good. I don’t know if there is Great Harvest in the Bay Area. Will have to check it out. The Dakota would be one I’d love to try. Thanks for the review.

  11. Melissa @ For the Love of Health

    I was in bread heaven looking at your photos πŸ™‚
    I don’t even know if they have those in Canada- I don’t think so because I have never seen them (and I’m a foodie and def watch out for places like that haha)
    Have a great night!

  12. Ameena

    I have never tried it and if Pasadena were closer I would definitely remedy that! Maybe one of these days.

  13. Light Delight with Tou Tou

    I have read about this Great harvest bread company before – luck you! you got everything in LA!!! The hand-made bread always taste so different from those from bigger franchise πŸ˜€ I like that Dakota bread – looks like they are really generous in mixing lots lots lots of seeds and nuts in it , my favorite type of bread, he he πŸ˜€

  14. Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries

    How have I never been to one of these?! Wow. I need to find one near me asap!
    Oh and thanks for the heads up on the TJ’s pizza; I’ll try that next time πŸ™‚

  15. Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

    We don’t have a GH around here but I LOVED the bread that Kath sent me. So GOOD!

    That sandwich looks amazing. I probably would have ordered the same thing. πŸ™‚


  16. Justine

    That place looks like bread heaven! We have a similar place in my city where they bake fresh bread and cookies. They have a little bread bar and everything! There is nothing better than the smell of bread. πŸ™‚

  17. greensandjeans

    I grew up a couple blocks away from a Great Harvest. Their cookies are To. Die. For.

  18. Christina

    I don’t think there’s one near me but I really wish there was – That dakota bread looks so good!

  19. brandi

    ah, so jealous! We don’t have a Great Harvest here, but their breads sound so, so good!

  20. clairedille

    There is one close to me that I used to go to but thanks for reminding me I must soon!

  21. Monet

    Don’t you just love that store? One opened by my house a few months ago…and I stopped by almost every day to buy a cup of coffee, and of course, try a slice of bread. I love the traditional honey whole wheat, but each time I go in, I find a new bread that I adore. Thanks for sharing and your sweet comments mean a lot to me!

  22. katecooks

    maybe one day i will get to pasadena and this location!!! apparently GH has a stand at the brentwood farmers market on sundays but i’ve never been there early enough to get the good stuff πŸ™‚

  23. Debbie

    Matt (Kath’s hubby) shared this blog post — thanks for all the nice comments about Great Harvest! I work at the home office and this will link you to our site locator so that everyone looking for a Great Harvest near you can check it out. Thanks again!

  24. Matt

    Hey Lynn! I’d love to see some more pictures of the store next time you visit because we like how modern it looks! We might have to take some inspiration for ourselves!

  25. Allyson

    I absolutely love their bread. I eat there every week. Stop by and you won’t be disappointed! Thanks for your blog post!

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