Ken's Artisan Bakery

★★★★☆
  • 338 NW 21st Ave

    Portland, OR 97209

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  • 503-248-2202

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Sun: 8am-5pm

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Unfortunately, this bakery is a disappointment. It is not the food that is the problem...it is the snooty staff that acts like they are doing you a favor when they serve you. It creates an air of unfriendliness and I will not be back.

3
★★★★★

Unfortunately, this bakery is a disappointment. It is not the food that is the problem...it is the snooty staff that acts like they are doing you a favor when they serve you. It creates an air of unfriendliness and I will not be back.

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had the monday night pizza three times. First time it was very good, almost great. Next time crust was dry or stale or something. Tonight they gave me the wrong pizza and the girl at the counter acted like i farted or something.

Hey babe just want my pizzza i paid for ok?

ken are you listening? Dont let your hard work be undone by lazy bad employees.

1
★★☆☆☆

had the monday night pizza three times. First time it was very good, almost great. Next time crust was dry or stale or something. Tonight they gave me the wrong pizza and the girl at the counter acted like i farted or something.

Hey babe just want my pizzza i paid for ok?

ken are you listening? Dont let your hard work be undone by lazy bad employees.

Pros: good crust on pizza

Cons: pretentious service, disorganized, high prices

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Very good pastries, coffee, and sandwiches. The specials are always interesting, and the service is prompt and friendly.

4
★★★★☆

Very good pastries, coffee, and sandwiches. The specials are always interesting, and the service is prompt and friendly.

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This place is everything I love about Portland. It has funky staff, that are fun to talk to if you are around in late afternoon when they have time to breathe. From the tables you can watch the action as they bake away. There is a variety of bread from hearty and crusty to soft and chewy...something for everyone. Everyone of the pastries are awesome. The coffee is good, as well, from a local roaster. As I sit back and watch the people come and go, most have coffee and pastry in hand. My goodness, try a loaf of bread! The soups and sandwiches are good as well.

I read some of the comments in other posts (although they are a little dated) and it didn't seem like the same place. I think one is referring to the pizza location on the East side. This location only serves pizza on Monday evenings, and it's a pretty quaint, exclusively neighborhood experience on Mondays.

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★★★★★

This place is everything I love about Portland. It has funky staff, that are fun to talk to if you are around in late afternoon when they have time to breathe. From the tables you can watch the action as they bake away. There is a variety of bread from hearty and crusty to soft and chewy...something for everyone. Everyone of the pastries are awesome. The coffee is good, as well, from a local roaster. As I sit back and watch the people come and go, most have coffee and pastry in hand. My goodness, try a loaf of bread! The soups and sandwiches are good as well.

I read some of the comments in other posts (although they are a little dated) and it didn't seem like the same place. I think one is referring to the pizza location on the East side. This location only serves pizza on Monday evenings, and it's a pretty quaint, exclusively neighborhood experience on Mondays.

Pros: Baked goods, coffee, funky staff

Cons: sometimes crowded

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Love the food, hate the workers, they've never been outlandishly rude, just not friendly or polite. The area is cramped but in the summer the windows are raised and its awesome. I've noticed that if I go in there in a less busy time, the staff is more enjoyable, along with the whole experience.

1
★★★☆☆

Love the food, hate the workers, they've never been outlandishly rude, just not friendly or polite. The area is cramped but in the summer the windows are raised and its awesome. I've noticed that if I go in there in a less busy time, the staff is more enjoyable, along with the whole experience.

Pros: delicious baked goods

Cons: unfriendly staff, cramped space

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About a year and a half ago, there was some staff turnover at Ken's on NW 21st. The staff in general is not very friendly, but it was worth it for the food. My friend and I went to Ken's for about one year nearly two or three times a week. Now we hardly ever go. The Oregon croissants, for example, don't taste the same. Either they are overcooked (just had one that was slightly charred) or undercooked. We thought after so many months, the new staff would be better trained. Not so. After many dollars spent, we'll take our patronage elsewhere. Sorry, Ken's, we loved you once, but no more!

1
★★★☆☆

About a year and a half ago, there was some staff turnover at Ken's on NW 21st. The staff in general is not very friendly, but it was worth it for the food. My friend and I went to Ken's for about one year nearly two or three times a week. Now we hardly ever go. The Oregon croissants, for example, don't taste the same. Either they are overcooked (just had one that was slightly charred) or undercooked. We thought after so many months, the new staff would be better trained. Not so. After many dollars spent, we'll take our patronage elsewhere. Sorry, Ken's, we loved you once, but no more!

Pros: stumptown coffee

Cons: inconsistent pastry quality at best, too many kids/strollers

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is a great place to go and relax on a morning when you have time to enjoy a good cup of coffee and a treat. The staff handles busy mornings with ease and the food is always great.

5
★★★★★

is a great place to go and relax on a morning when you have time to enjoy a good cup of coffee and a treat. The staff handles busy mornings with ease and the food is always great.

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We have heard mixed reviews about Ken's but decided to try it the other night. We found the staff to be particularly unfriendly and not customer service oriented. We ordered one of the most expensive bottles of wine and were literally rushed to finish the bottle and leave the table. The hostess who was helping clear tables actually tried to take our filled wine glasses three times! When a place receives such mixed reviews it is time take a look at the inconsistencies in customer service. We will definitely give our money to Appiza Scholls who has excellent pizza and consistently great customer service.

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★☆☆☆☆

We have heard mixed reviews about Ken's but decided to try it the other night. We found the staff to be particularly unfriendly and not customer service oriented. We ordered one of the most expensive bottles of wine and were literally rushed to finish the bottle and leave the table. The hostess who was helping clear tables actually tried to take our filled wine glasses three times! When a place receives such mixed reviews it is time take a look at the inconsistencies in customer service. We will definitely give our money to Appiza Scholls who has excellent pizza and consistently great customer service.

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I have never received such rude customer service. All we wanted was to enjoy a quick bite and some relaxing atmosphere. We were greeted with rude and rushed employees. We had never visited this location before and the staff expected us to know the menu and when we inquired about two of the items, they responded in a way that would chase anyone away from their establishment. The bakery items were extremely overpriced, too ! Walk the extra couple of blocks and go to Starbucks, instead.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have never received such rude customer service. All we wanted was to enjoy a quick bite and some relaxing atmosphere. We were greeted with rude and rushed employees. We had never visited this location before and the staff expected us to know the menu and when we inquired about two of the items, they responded in a way that would chase anyone away from their establishment. The bakery items were extremely overpriced, too ! Walk the extra couple of blocks and go to Starbucks, instead.

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first of all, the pizza is not even in the same league as apizza scholls. everyone always complains that apizza scholls has too many rules, but if you pay attention, kens has more rules. you cannot even make your own pizza there. They forgot about us once and we waited over two hours. Last time we were there we were a party of six and they had automatically charged a gratuity. we did not notice and left a 20% tip and the waitstaff did not bother to point it out. They should have pointed that out.

1
★★★☆☆

first of all, the pizza is not even in the same league as apizza scholls. everyone always complains that apizza scholls has too many rules, but if you pay attention, kens has more rules. you cannot even make your own pizza there. They forgot about us once and we waited over two hours. Last time we were there we were a party of six and they had automatically charged a gratuity. we did not notice and left a 20% tip and the waitstaff did not bother to point it out. They should have pointed that out.

Pros: ambiance

Cons: the actual pizza and the service

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The employees are so helpful and create such a wonderful atmosphere. Not to mention, very easy on the eyes!

2
★★★★★

The employees are so helpful and create such a wonderful atmosphere. Not to mention, very easy on the eyes!

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Small range of baked goods, made up for by their superb quality. The oregon croissant (or wahtever it is called), jammed with berries; the wonderful breads; the excellent macaroons. Great coffee. Excellent, fresh salads with good dressings. Roast beef sandwich is heavenly. This place would be a success in Paris.

2
★★★★★

Small range of baked goods, made up for by their superb quality. The oregon croissant (or wahtever it is called), jammed with berries; the wonderful breads; the excellent macaroons. Great coffee. Excellent, fresh salads with good dressings. Roast beef sandwich is heavenly. This place would be a success in Paris.

Pros: Absolutely superb food and coffee

Cons: cramped space, hard to find seat, small portions (all minor points)

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I lived a few blocks from here when I lived in Portland (NW 21st) and stopped in for breakfast, coffee, or a quick bread fix while walking my dog or en route to work. The staff consists entirely of friendly and pretty people who truly brightened my day. And that's BEFORE the baked goods. I moved to Vienna, Austria -- allegedly famous for its bread products, and I've yet to have a single thing as good as at Ken's (and believe me, I've tried).

I didn't get to try all of the excellent bakeries of Portland during my brief stint there, but Ken's joins Crowsenberg's Half and Half as two of my favorite locales in the entire world. Portlanders are truly blessed with the staples: bread, beer, wine, cheese and coffee!

I miss Ken's!

2
★★★★★

I lived a few blocks from here when I lived in Portland (NW 21st) and stopped in for breakfast, coffee, or a quick bread fix while walking my dog or en route to work. The staff consists entirely of friendly and pretty people who truly brightened my day. And that's BEFORE the baked goods. I moved to Vienna, Austria -- allegedly famous for its bread products, and I've yet to have a single thing as good as at Ken's (and believe me, I've tried).

I didn't get to try all of the excellent bakeries of Portland during my brief stint there, but Ken's joins Crowsenberg's Half and Half as two of my favorite locales in the entire world. Portlanders are truly blessed with the staples: bread, beer, wine, cheese and coffee!

I miss Ken's!

Pros: expert bakers, unpretentious attitude, really lovely counter staff, really good coffee

Cons: it closes

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Just learning Portland; have only been here two weeks. Excellent breads; better IMO than Pearl Bakery. Petite Provence which is a lot closer to our home, is just as good.

2
★★★★★

Just learning Portland; have only been here two weeks. Excellent breads; better IMO than Pearl Bakery. Petite Provence which is a lot closer to our home, is just as good.

Pros: Excellent bread

Cons: parking

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I only got to taste their breads. While staying at the nearby hostel, I learned that this bakery donates breads to the hostel and wow! it was absolutely delicious.

2
★★★★☆

I only got to taste their breads. While staying at the nearby hostel, I learned that this bakery donates breads to the hostel and wow! it was absolutely delicious.

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Stopped by to check it out Sunday at 4pm and they were sold out of almost everything. No soup, no salad, not enough ingredients to make all the sandwiches offered for the day, limited breads and only a couple items in the desert/pastry display. Overall, I was very disappointed.

1
★★★☆☆

Stopped by to check it out Sunday at 4pm and they were sold out of almost everything. No soup, no salad, not enough ingredients to make all the sandwiches offered for the day, limited breads and only a couple items in the desert/pastry display. Overall, I was very disappointed.

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A month ago I had four meals at Ken's (three times in NW, once in SE), and suspect that's none too many. Whether it's Oregon croissant and Stumptown coffee, or a sandwich, or pizza, or just in and out with a baguette, Ken's makes my day. Ken himself is very present, sometimes working dough or finishing pastries with staff, but always smiling and making sure the place is in order.

2
★★★★★

A month ago I had four meals at Ken's (three times in NW, once in SE), and suspect that's none too many. Whether it's Oregon croissant and Stumptown coffee, or a sandwich, or pizza, or just in and out with a baguette, Ken's makes my day. Ken himself is very present, sometimes working dough or finishing pastries with staff, but always smiling and making sure the place is in order.

Pros: pizza rocks, all the rest is superb

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I could seriously live happily on just a daily loaf of Ken's Country Brown, and a stick of unsalted butter (with a sprinkling of fleur du sel). The crust is really the key to Ken's magic, and it is where most other breads fall short. There is a dark, malty complexity in the crust that reveals a little more of itself with each piece. As for the crumb, it is perfectly moist and airy, with a delicious tenderness. He truly earns the word "Artisan", and I feel privileged to experience his craft.

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★★★★★

I could seriously live happily on just a daily loaf of Ken's Country Brown, and a stick of unsalted butter (with a sprinkling of fleur du sel). The crust is really the key to Ken's magic, and it is where most other breads fall short. There is a dark, malty complexity in the crust that reveals a little more of itself with each piece. As for the crumb, it is perfectly moist and airy, with a delicious tenderness. He truly earns the word "Artisan", and I feel privileged to experience his craft.

Pros: Perfection of breadmaking

Cons: Busy, and sometimes cramped

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Every weekend my boyfriend and I have breakfast at Kens. I love Ken's pastries- the Oregon crossiant is my favorite. The crossiant melts in your mouth and is not too sweet. The berries and the sugar combined makes it perfect. Ken is dedicated to his work- and it shows! Ken's has a great coffee bean I always get my coffee at Kens. No matter what you order, you'll never be disappointed.

2
★★★★★

Every weekend my boyfriend and I have breakfast at Kens. I love Ken's pastries- the Oregon crossiant is my favorite. The crossiant melts in your mouth and is not too sweet. The berries and the sugar combined makes it perfect. Ken is dedicated to his work- and it shows! Ken's has a great coffee bean I always get my coffee at Kens. No matter what you order, you'll never be disappointed.

Pros: great service, phenomanal pastries, great coffee

Cons: not enough seating

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Next to Grand Central, this is my favorite place to get freshly baked bread a la Polaine. Occasionally I sit down for a tea & pastry or maybe a salad, but only when the place isn't packed. (I don't really try it on the weekends.) I don't fault the place for not having a lot of seating--they have a nice space and good food--they're popular! I had high hopes for the Monday 'pizza night' but wasn't thrilled with the hard-to-chew crusts.

2
★★★★☆

Next to Grand Central, this is my favorite place to get freshly baked bread a la Polaine. Occasionally I sit down for a tea & pastry or maybe a salad, but only when the place isn't packed. (I don't really try it on the weekends.) I don't fault the place for not having a lot of seating--they have a nice space and good food--they're popular! I had high hopes for the Monday 'pizza night' but wasn't thrilled with the hard-to-chew crusts.

Pros: bread, bread, bread

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The behind-the-counter service was snotty and unattentive. This place is so tiny that its
virtually standing room only in an all ready small place. Its an uncomfortable space filled with posers and wanna-be's. We can do alot better than Ken's without having to try very hard Items are generally over priced for what you come away with (which ain't alot).

0
★☆☆☆☆

The behind-the-counter service was snotty and unattentive. This place is so tiny that its
virtually standing room only in an all ready small place. Its an uncomfortable space filled with posers and wanna-be's. We can do alot better than Ken's without having to try very hard Items are generally over priced for what you come away with (which ain't alot).

Pros: On a bus line, Location, Did I say location?

Cons: Snotty counter help, Over-priced, Very small space

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Kens serves up some of the best baked goods in the Portland Metro area. The croissants light, flaky and buttery ( forget the diet!). The breads are tasty and Ken is always coming up with a new entry to the ever changing offering of baked goods.
It always seems to be crowded in the limited space which can make it difficult to find on-site seating.

2
★★★★☆

Kens serves up some of the best baked goods in the Portland Metro area. The croissants light, flaky and buttery ( forget the diet!). The breads are tasty and Ken is always coming up with a new entry to the ever changing offering of baked goods.
It always seems to be crowded in the limited space which can make it difficult to find on-site seating.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Limited Seating

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One of Portland's premier local bakeries, Ken's offers a bounty of breads, pastries, sandwiches, and - surprise - pizza (certain times during the week -- it's not a constant menu item). When the weather's appropriate, the picture windows swing open and the smells spill out onto gritty NW 21st, calling out to you a block or two downwind.

4
★★★★☆

One of Portland's premier local bakeries, Ken's offers a bounty of breads, pastries, sandwiches, and - surprise - pizza (certain times during the week -- it's not a constant menu item). When the weather's appropriate, the picture windows swing open and the smells spill out onto gritty NW 21st, calling out to you a block or two downwind.

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The big windows at Ken's Artisan Bakery let in a lot of light and give the place some nice ambiance. They serve sandwiches, quiches, and pastries, and my favorite is their almond croissant, the best in town in my opinion. Drop by for some fresh bread or for a lunch break between shopping in the Nob Hill neighborhood.

4
★★★★☆

The big windows at Ken's Artisan Bakery let in a lot of light and give the place some nice ambiance. They serve sandwiches, quiches, and pastries, and my favorite is their almond croissant, the best in town in my opinion. Drop by for some fresh bread or for a lunch break between shopping in the Nob Hill neighborhood.

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With rare exceptions, the plain croissants attain that beautiful combination of flakey crunch, delicate chewiness, and lovely butter flavor. The ham and cheese croissant is also quite tasty, though the pain au chocolat is a dissapointment. The other pastries tend to be good, and the staff is very friendly. Though often busy, I rarely have trouble finding a seat. Ken's only competition is the St. Honore Bakery. I love them both and tend to alternate between the two.

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★★★★★

With rare exceptions, the plain croissants attain that beautiful combination of flakey crunch, delicate chewiness, and lovely butter flavor. The ham and cheese croissant is also quite tasty, though the pain au chocolat is a dissapointment. The other pastries tend to be good, and the staff is very friendly. Though often busy, I rarely have trouble finding a seat. Ken's only competition is the St. Honore Bakery. I love them both and tend to alternate between the two.

Pros: Croissants, Value

Cons: Pain au chocolat

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I live about 50 feet from Ken's Bakery, and I love it. Their pastries are excellent and fresh, and the coffee is well made by friendly staff.
Don't let the crowds of snotty yuppies scare you away from this place, but be prepared to deal with their annoying antics and occasional uncontrolled young children.

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★★★★★

I live about 50 feet from Ken's Bakery, and I love it. Their pastries are excellent and fresh, and the coffee is well made by friendly staff.
Don't let the crowds of snotty yuppies scare you away from this place, but be prepared to deal with their annoying antics and occasional uncontrolled young children.

Pros: Excellent food, excellent coffee, nice staff

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Ken Forkish really did a great service to our town, and specifically to the corner of NW 21st and Flanders, when he opened his bakery. This place has transformed the neighborhood in exactly the way that (according to the bakery's web site) Ken intended: by providing us with a down-the-block authentic French bakery, a place to grab a world-class loaf of bread on your way home from work, or to come for pasteries and a New York Times on Sunday morning, or to duck into during a downpour for perfect espresso, prepared by a charming, smart, obviously over-qualified (in a good way) staff. They're cute, too. Especially the counter girl/barista -- I think her name's Kristin. She makes my day every time I go. Anyhow -- great spot. Thanks, Ken & co.

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★★★★★

Ken Forkish really did a great service to our town, and specifically to the corner of NW 21st and Flanders, when he opened his bakery. This place has transformed the neighborhood in exactly the way that (according to the bakery's web site) Ken intended: by providing us with a down-the-block authentic French bakery, a place to grab a world-class loaf of bread on your way home from work, or to come for pasteries and a New York Times on Sunday morning, or to duck into during a downpour for perfect espresso, prepared by a charming, smart, obviously over-qualified (in a good way) staff. They're cute, too. Especially the counter girl/barista -- I think her name's Kristin. She makes my day every time I go. Anyhow -- great spot. Thanks, Ken & co.

Pros: great bread & coffee, outstanding service, stellar sandwiches

Cons: some snotty customers, inconsistent soups, artwork/decor

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