Lynn – Great Harvest is Grrrreat!

bakeries/cafes/dessert places

I have never been as excited for a doctor’s appointment as I was this morning – her office is in Pasadena, just minutes away from the newly opened…

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Great Harvest is a large franchise with bakeries/cafes all over the country. This Pasadena location is the only one within reasonable driving distance from me in Los Angeles. I’ve been hearing about their breads for years on other food blogs, particularly Kath’s (since she is planning on opening one). Expectations were very high – and I’m happy to report that they were met!

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

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

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…and their bestselling Cinnamon Chip (still warm!)

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

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

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

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Hit. The. Spot.

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

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Our sandwiches came with a little side of pickles and an Andes chocolate mint (how old skool!)

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

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

And look how perfect they are for the actor’s diet:

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Have you been to a Great Harvest before?

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  • http://thekitchenofarunner.com Matt

    We don’t have any of those down here :( I LOVE bread so it makes me sad…

  • http://www.speak2docs.com 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.

  • http://simplylifeblog.blogspot.com/ Simply Life

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

  • http://mealsandmoves.wordpress.com janetha

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

  • http://luvtoeat.wordpress.com luvtoeat

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

  • http://www.adventuresinwanting.com 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 ;)

  • http://theemptynutjar.wordpress.com 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.

  • http://www.foodmakesfunfuel.com Evan Thomas

    I’ve had their dakota bread; it’s pretty good!

  • http://newlywednewlyveg.wordpress.com 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.

  • http://www.fortheloveofhealth.ca Melissa @ For the Love of Health

    I was in bread heaven looking at your photos :-)
    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!

  • http://www.snackingsquirrel.blogspot.com kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com

    no but I WOULD KILL TO GO! wow!!! <3

  • http://whydeprive.wordpress.com whydeprive

    This place sounds awesome!! Your panini looks so good its almost not fair! :)

  • http://tangerinesandmarmalade.wordpress.com 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!

  • http://blessedhi5ive.wordpress.com 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.

  • http://fancythatfancythis.wordpress.com Ameena

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

  • http://Katheats.com kath

    They have such a cool location!!! Hope ours will be that cool :)

  • http://weitou.wordpress.com 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 :-D 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 :-D

  • http://theoatmealdiaries.blogspot.com 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 :)

  • http://www.j3nn.net 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. :)

    Jenn

  • http://learningtoeatproperly.blogspot.com/ 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. :)

  • http://www.ambersnotebook.com Amber’s notebook

    So jealous!! I want to check out a Great Harvest!

  • http://www.lovehealthyliving.net Carrie (Love Healthy Living)

    Very cool. I have not yet been to a Great Harvest but appreciate the head’s up on the location in South Pas. Will check it out the next time I’m in town!

  • greensandjeans

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

  • http://www.Christinabutter.com Christina

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

  • http://www.afoodiestaysfit.com Teri [a foodie stays fit]

    I love Great Harvest but they don’t have any locations near where I live now. :(

  • http://lowandbhold.wordpress.com lowandbhold

    Ahhh so jealous! I am dying to visit a Great Harvest.

  • http://www.branappetit.wordpress.com brandi

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

  • http://afreshdille.wordpress.com clairedille

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

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com 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!

  • http://cookingwithkate.wordpress.com 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 :)

  • http://greatharvest.findlocation.com/search.aspx 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!

  • http://www.katheats.com 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!

  • http://vanillakitchen.blogspot.com vanillasugar

    love it. hit the spot indeed.

  • http://www.strategicworldwidemarketing.com Allyson

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