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Give Thanks Voted Rochester's Best Bakery

It must be those almond croissants we've heard so much about.

The downtown Rochester artisan bakery known for its old-world style breads has been voted by readers of Rochester Patch.

There were 5,158 votes cast in the weeklong poll; came in first with 1,968 votes. , known especially this week for its paczkis, came in second with 1,172 votes. , with its rock-themed sweet treats, came in third with 909 votes. The poll was not scientific. 

Owner Gerald Matthes and manager Theresa Dalton said they broadcast the contest early Friday on their Facebook page, which resulted in a surge of last-minute votes to put them in first.

Matthes is a descendent of a family of German bakers. His without the use of yeast. This old-world style of bread does not harden as quickly because of the natural fermentation process, making a fresher, more complex-flavored bread that stays fresh longer.

Last year, Patch columnist Laura Cassar , which she described as the "must-have of my weekend menu."

What do you think?

Whether you agree or disagree about the readers' choice, we invite you to leave your review of Give Thanks Bakery by clicking on their Patch page. Tell others what you think.

Also, you can click through to the profile pages of these bakeries and leave your review for others to read:

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  • - Adams Road
  • - Livernois Road
  • - Rochester Road
Patricia February 25, 2012 at 01:31 PM
We knew it was the best and didn't have to wait for votes to prove it. Gerald and his staff created a warm and welcoming atmosphere-the baked goods are to die for. We have served his breads, deserts and other treats at all of our holiday and special get togethers. We purchase cookies for gift giving. Gerald does a remarkable job and all we can say is Congratulations-you deserve this !!
Erin February 25, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Give Thanks is a true treasure in our area. When folks come to visit, I always make GT a stop on the Rochester/RH Tour. Congratulations!
Suzanne Hester February 25, 2012 at 11:14 PM
It is definitely the almond cressants:) Along with the friendly atmoshere, charm, and great smells!
Suzanne Hester February 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM
That would be atmosphere:)
Alan Smith February 26, 2012 at 02:43 PM
A Saturday morning coffee with a fruit danish listening to Gerald's selection of classical music. Doesn't get much better. :-)
Sa February 26, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I agree!! Almond croissants are amazing. Love the Swiss multigrain bread too. Gotta try it !!
Suzanne Hester February 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I am an idiot...I knew it was ,"croissants"...just got too excited when I was typing:) They are the best on this planet!

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