610 SW 12th Ave
Top Recommendation: Bumble Berry Peach Pie
Petunia’s started in 2010 as a booth at a farmer’s market, where owner and baker Lisa Clark would sell her completely gluten-free and vegan pastries. She began her business in part because of her passion for baking and her need to eat gluten and dairy free due to severe intolerances to both. The city’s taste buds were tickled, and Petunia’s quickly grew leading to an expansion into Portland’s wholesale market. In 2014 she opened up shop with her husband, Jacob—who she met when he became her first wholesale customer. (How sweet is that?!) Now at home on SW 12th Ave in downtown Portland, Petunia’s is an essential stop for pies and weekend donuts so good that a line forms down the block at opening time.
When I visited on Halloween weekend, I was able to secure both a pumpkin and a cinnamon sugar donut—fluffy and sweet with a crispy outer layer that melted in my mouth— and a coconut caramel baby cake (cupcake) with a perfect balance of caramel, coconut, and salt that proved so good I was back later in the week to grab a slice of their bumble berry peach pie. (Reader, even though I claim not to care for pie, I finished that slice in under a minute. The filling was a tart mix of marionberries, raspberries, and blueberries, balanced with sweet, juicy chunks of peach nestled under a coconut hazelnut streusel.)
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