The newly opened Paris Bakery & Deli in Columbia City appears to be more deli than bakery.
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  • The new Paris Bakery & Deli in Columbia City appears to be more deli than bakery.

For months the almost-opened Paris Bakery & Deli stood 90 percent finished at 39th and Rainier in Columbia City, teasing passersby with the unfulfilled promise of French style baguettes. I love the crusty baguettes from the Columbia City Bakery down the street (arguably one of the best bakeries in the city) but they're not authentic Parisienne fare. And so I found this new bakery's name alluring.

A bánh mì option in Columbia City.
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  • A bánh mì option in Columbia City.

Well, it finally opened last week (although it was closed when I stopped by), and from the menu, the Paris Bakery & Deli appears more deli than bakery, and of the Vietnamese variety. Not that that's bad, or anything. Columbia City would benefit from reasonably priced bánh mì. But it doesn't look like the authentic French boulangerie I was hoping for.

But I'll give it a try soon, and let you know.