Islander’s bakery named one of the top in the country by Fodor’s

Adding to a growing list of accolades, islander Leslie Mackie’s Macrina Bakery was recently named one of the top 10 bakeries in the country by Fodor’s Travel Guide.

“It was a surprise,” said Mackie of the honor. “They don’t tell you it’s going to happen. I found out when customers began congratulating me.”

Macrina, which celebrates its 21st year this summer, was started by Mackie in Belltown in 1993. Two more locations have since been added, in Queen Anne and initially Vashon, though logistics and new business partners resulted in a move from Vashon to the SoDo neighborhood.

“That was sad. I loved our Vashon bakery at the Old Fuller Store,” Mackie said, “but the logistics just didn’t work for everybody.”

This isn’t the first time Macrina has been recognized nationally. Three years ago Bon Apetite magazine also named the bakery to its top 10 list.

Describing Macrina as a bakery where “bread-making has been elevated to an art form,” Fodor’s offers high praise of Mackie’s expertise.

“I’m just so pleased to have been recognized and included on such an impressive list,” she said. “It’s a real testament to our dedicated and remarkable employees. They make this possible every day.”

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