[Photographs: Maggie Hoffman]

Cannon Beach is one of those easy-breezy coastal towns where people spend their mornings walking their dogs off-leash along the sand, coffee in hand. And that coffee is probably from the local bakery Waves of Grain.

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Step inside and the espresso machines are whizzing behind the counter and a line is snaking towards the door. Our eyes went straight to the platter of "Bohemian Buns". Made from a fluffy brioche dough, these sticky buns are studded with whole pecans and topped with a layer of caramelized granola. Oats, dried cranberries, raisins, and pumpkin seeds become a crunchy, sweet shell on top of the bun. (They also sell bags of their homemade granola, which in my experience is always a good sign.)

Waves of Grain owners Jason and Hillary Fargo bake all the buns, cookies, muffins, biscuits, quiche, cheese sticks (made with Tillamook cheese; the factory isn't far) and many loaves of bread. They even thought of your pooch's needs: look for the fresh-baked doggie biscuits in the glass jar. All the wheat comes from a family's local farm, which they mill into flour from the wheat berries delivered to the bakery.

While it felt a little early to get a cookie, the ginger-molasses ones were speaking to us. Covered in sugar crystals, the plate-sized cookies are chewy and soft with craggly craters. The deep brown molasses-y sweetness gets a spicy bite from the candied ginger specks.

Even the bran muffins, so often just a blah-brown stump, were wonderful. They're moist, hearty, wheaty, and raisin-packed with a broad mushroom-shaped muffin top (always the best part). They're also caffeinated! There's coffee in the batter and an espresso glaze gilded on top.

Just a couple blocks from the water, you can take your treats to-go or sit on the picnic tables out front. It's about a mile from Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach's must-see monolithic rock.

Waves of Grain

3116 S Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97145 (map)
503-436-9600

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