For all its qualities, good bread is hard to find in Seattle. It took me nearly a year to find a bakery in Seattle that can make a decent loaf of sourdough bread with the right crumb that will keep well for a couple of days without turning into stale stone. Situated on Stone Way in the cool Fremont neighborhood close to Gasworks Park and the Troll, the small artisan Sea Wolf Bakery is a lifesaver for those days where I just didn’t get my own dough started.
The interior décor is striking: bright, white walls, high ceiling with skylights and a simple counter. You can buy your bread to-go or enjoy a cup of drip coffee or herbal tea with your treat while you watch the very cool, tattooed young bakers kneading the dough on a table behind the counter. If you value quality over quantity, you will appreciate the simplicity of having only a couple of choices for the bread: white or rye sourdough bread, as well as a few well-crafted, buttery sweet and savory pastries (try the best chocolate croissant outside of Paris with bitter-sweet Valrhona chocolate).
Sea Wolf is a family-owned, Seattle craft bakery founded in 2014 by brothers Kit and Jesse Schumann and named after a classic psychological adventure novel by Jack London. Sea Wolf practices local sourcing and delivers bread to renowned restaurants like the Whale Wins. You can also find Sea Wolf Bakers at some farmer’s markets across Seattle.