Is there anything better than a good dessert? Cookies, pastries, cakes – you just can’t go wrong.

Especially here in our region, where many would say we have the best local bakeries.

But don’t take our word for it.

The Observer-Reporter Best of the Best awards continues to celebrate the best businesses, organizations, people and more that the residents of Washington County, Greene County and the South Hills thought deserved the distinction of best in their respective category.

The response from the community and nominees was overwhelming. More than 425,000 votes were captured from 28,000 unique voters, validating the vitality of the communities that comprise the Observer-Reporter’s coverage area.

One of our most popular categories was best bakery. Here’s what our readers came up with.

Bethel Bakery

Since Bethel Bakery opened for business in 1955 in the South Hills, generations of patrons have made their way to the shop for the bakery’s signature pastries, cookies, coffee cakes and one-of-a-kind cakes.

  • Address: 5200 Brightwood Road, Bethel Park
  • 2500 Washington Road, North Strabane
  • Website:

Joe’s Bakery

Known for their doughnuts, Joe’s Bakery has been a staple in Washington for more than 30 years.

Krency’s Bakery and Catering

Krency’s has been a Washington favorite since 1959, and strives to produce the highest quality products from the most authentic ingredients.

  • Address: 990 Jefferson Ave., Washington
  • Website:

Bartram House Bakery

Founded in 2008 Bartram House Bakery uses high-quality ingredients to create baked goods and foods that are as beautiful as they are delicious.

L.A. Sweets

Creating custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies and a variety of sweets in the heart of Washington.

Disagree? Our 2019 Best of Best Awards are coming this summer. Stay tuned!

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