Grand Central Bakery
Various locations – Portland and Seattle
Quite awhile ago I told you about the oatmeal raisin at New Seasons Market, a cookie that is baked on site at the New Seasons bakery – from dough made by Grand Central Bakery.
The oatmeal raisin at New Seasons, however, is not the same oatmeal raisin cookie that you will find at an actual Grand Central Bakery. They are both very respectable versions of the oatmeal raisin category (one of my all time favorites, in case this isn’t obvious by now), but the one that Grand Central makes for their own bakeries wins my vote for 1st place between the two. I guess it only makes sense that Grand Central would send out their star player under their own brand. Sort of like Gap vs. Old Navy? Maybe not quite, but…something like that.
The Dessert Tray
11950 SW Broadway St. – Beaverton
This is a very good oatmeal raisin cookie. Nothing tricky, nothing fancy. No golden raisins, no cranberries, no cherries, no apricots. No hazelnuts, no pecans, no coconut. And mercifully, no shitty, waxy white chocolate chips. Nothing but straight up oatmeal, dark raisins, and a subtle hit of cinnamon.
It is very thick, and fairly soft – not crispy. A little bit moist and gooey in the center.
1943 First Avenue South – Seattle (plus 2 other Seattle locations)
At the beach this week – in lovely Manzanita, Oregon. I am with my family, celebrating my mom’s 70th birthday. Knowing that I’d be kicking around here for 5 days with nothing more on the agenda than reading, running on the beach, munching on forty seven different types of snacks that come in bags that I rarely normally eat, drinking too much white wine, and hanging out with my kinfolk, I figured I’d have some extra time to track down and then tell you about a great beach cookie.
Portland Farmers’ Market (PSU – Saturdays and Wednesdays)
It’s an elusive cookie, to be sure. That is to say, you can find it only at The Farmers’ Market at Portland State University – on Saturdays and Wednesdays (and only during Farmers’ Market season, obviously). So, like many things that are truly worthwhile, you may need to stray a little bit out of your way in order to get this bad boy in your mouth. But… if you’re so inclined, do it.
New Seasons Market
NE 33rd and Killingsworth – Portland
A few months ago, the New Seasons Market near my house (Concordia branch) replaced their house-made oatmeal raisin cookie with one that, while baked on-site, is actually made with dough supplied by Grand Central Bakery. I am not complaining; while I had no problem with the old version of the o.r.c., I have great affection for almost all things Grand Central.