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Sciortino's, one of the last remnants of Italian Brady Street, is one of the city's most amazing bakeries. (PHOTO: Sarah Laux)

9 mouth-watering Milwaukee bakeries

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We're lucky in Milwaukee, because we have an array of bakeries that keep life here sweet.

Miller supplies restaurants with its amazing pretzels, Grebe's is a tradition and Troubadour brings yummy treats to all the Colectivo locations. There are also ethnic bakeries and neighborhood places that dish up deliciousness all around town.

Here are nine of my favorites, for very specific reasons. Add your favorites using the Talkback feature below or via Facebook.

1. Amaranth

3329 W. Lisbon Ave., (414) 934-0587
amaranthbakery.com

In addition to bringing a little life to a strip that could use a boost, Amaranth also makes some of the crustiest, airiest, most delectable bread in the city.

2. Eat Cake


(PHOTO: Eat Cake Facebook)

4303 W. Vliet St., (414) 344-3119
eatcakemilwaukee.com

Need a cake that looks like a steak? Or maybe like a Packers helmet? How about a Wheel of Fortune (Vanna White, presumably, not included)? Or maybe just a damned good birthday cake or an stunning, elaborate wedding cake? Debbie Pagel can do it.

3. Holey Moley


316 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 308-1616
hospitalitydemocracy.com/holey-moley

While Cranky Al's in East Tosa is the go-to spot for traditional donuts, Holey Moley in the Third Ward is where you go for quirkier takes on America's tastiest (read: most sinful) breakfast creation.

4. Lopez Bakery


(PHOTO: Lopez Bakery/Twitter)

1100 W. Historic Mitchell St., (414) 672-1830
facebook.com/pages/Lopez-Bakery/106938366052586


(THE place in town for delectable churros and Mexican sweets. In the heart of the Historic Mitchell Street shopping district.

5. National Bakery


3200 S. 16th St., (414) 672-1620
5637 Broad St., Greendale, (414) 423-4620
13820 W. Greenfield Ave., Brookfield, (262) 827-4097
nationalbakery.com

Generations of South Siders have flocked to National each weekend for ham and rolls. Your grandma bought rolls here and so should you. And, when you can, grab a paczki (or three).

6. Rocket Baby


6822 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 502-7323
2434 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 897-0483
rocketbabybakery.com

Come for the bread – like the crusty, yet light as air, pan de mie, or a honkin' big, rustic country miche sourdough – and stay for the house-made brioche, pop tarts, multi-hued macarons or insanely good chocolate croissants.

7. Sciortino's


1101 E. Brady St., (414) 272-4623
petersciortinosbakery.com

A chocolate walnut cookie encased in sugar? That's a tutu and it's best sampled at Sciortino's where Italian cookies abound. Stepping in here transports me to my childhood, and the sweet treats my grandmother – who worked in an Italian bakery – brought home to us after work. I'll take a pound of tutu and a pound of the chocolate cookies with a whole hazelnut on top.

8. Canfora


(PHOTO: Canfora Bakery Facebook)

1100 E. Oklahoma Ave.
canforabakeryinc.com

Sort of like a South Side Sciortino's, Canfora has been dishing up delicious cannoli and Italian cookies, as well as breads and some locally legendary hot ham and rolls for decades. There's new ownership now, which means Canfora didn't close with its original owners' retirement. That's good news.

9. Miss Molly's Cafe & Pastry Shop


(PHOTO: Lori Fredrich)

9201 W. Center St., (414) 249-5665
missmollyscafe.com

This spot on 92nd and Center has been searching for the perfect match of a tenant and if you ask me, Molly Sullivan is just that. A warm and welcoming spot for a coffee, the real treats here are the cakes, pies and pastry.

Talkbacks

mygreendoor | May 13, 2015 at 10:23 a.m. (report)

They've been out of business for about 15 years now but I miss Nick Pappas on 29th-ish and Lincoln. The store has been occupied by Wildflour which is just OK.

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mkeforlife | May 12, 2015 at 12:37 p.m. (report)

Notwithstanding its unique take on donuts, Holey Moley is just not good, plain and simple. A lover of Do-Rite in Chicago should know this!! Also, what about C. Adams at the MPM?

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Jeff | May 12, 2015 at 9:05 a.m. (report)

Sciortino's is over-hyped. Canfora sells the same cookies, etc., and they're much better (fresher?). Also, I've never understood why this most German of cities has no decent German bakeries. I miss Hartter's!

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bartman214 | May 11, 2015 at 1:55 p.m. (report)

Big fumble on not including Nino's Italian Bakery & Deli in Menomonee Falls. Easily the best Italian cookies in South Eastern Wisconsin, bar none!!

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Crew_Dat | May 11, 2015 at 12:18 p.m. (report)

Gotta agree with Jim... small reference to Cranky Al's, but let's just expand the list and recognize how good they are. And while at it, no mention of Scordato's, just Sciortino's??

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