Las Vegas
2. Purple Potato Bakery
Spring Valley
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Filipino-born chef Ramir DeCastro once made the Yonaka a top place for sushi in Vegas, but now uses familiar baked goods like doughnuts, pies, and cakes to showcase flavors from his home country at the Purple Potato Bakery west of the Strip. The business is named in honor of ube purple yams, native to the Philippines and featured in many of the recipes. You'll also see pastries composed with calamansi (a citrus fruit), young coconut, and yema (a caramel-like custard). The layered doughnuts take three days to make (similar to a croissant) with the dough fermented and folded in layers of butter before fry time. Polvoron versions are modeled after a dry Filipino shortbread with fillings that include not only ube, but pandan (an aromatic tropical plant) and flan (with extra yolks for added richness). Just make sure to try the cookies (crunchy on the edges, soft in the center) and ensaymada (snacking bread often made with cheese). Balance out the sweetness with a hot, savory BBQ chicken hand pie or caldereta, a meat stew with a pastry top.
How to order: Walk in or order online.

5. Desert Bread
Eastside
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Las Vegas has a thriving cottage baking scene, but few do it better than Brett Boyer and Brendon Wilharber of Desert Bread, selling bread, pastries, and other seasonal baked goods out of their home east of the airport. Boyer perfected his craft in Berkeley at Chez Panisse, where he first learned the "farm to table" ethos. He continues that mission in Vegas by sourcing fruits and produce locally. Between a variety of breads, from New York-style bagels to Bay Area-style sourdough, and European-inspired pastries, everything is all natural and organic. The choices vary per week, but look out for eggnog cruffins, ginger snaps, and Meyer lemon croissant twists this winter.
How to order: Place an order online for pickup Wednesday or Saturday morning.

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