(I doubt I could find many people who would say the smell of bread baking isn't one of their favorite scents. Well maybe I could, but I wouldn't want to know those people. There's just something fundamentally alluring about that aroma, and at Great Harvest Bread Co., they bake about ten different kinds every day. That doesn't take into account the cookies, muffins, rolls...you see where I'm going with this. There are actually two locations on Fairview, one in Meridian that has a large indoor area and good furniture for dining in, and another one in Boise that has basically a counter and a bread rack and shares a couple of outdoor patio chairs and tables with Deli George.
When I want bread, stopping at the one in Meridian would make more sense as they're more or less on my way home, but I usually hit the one in Boise. I know their bread is good and I know which breads are available on which days thanks to their website. I personally recommend the honey whole wheat, the asiago sourdough, the cinnamon burst (makes for amazing French toast), and in the right mood I like the pumpkin chocolate chip quite a bit. Recently, they've added a very addictive lemon blueberry coffee cake that unfortunately is only available on Mondays. I can also recommend their cinnamon rolls and muffins, but have yet to try the cookies, and there are a few breads I still haven't tried. True, the prices aren't the best, but you're paying for real bread. That kicks the hell out of that spongy, flavorless, mechanically-produced edible cardboard that takes up all that space in the supermarket. But in all honesty, the main reason I go there is because they're home to one of the best brown bag lunches in the mall area, and that's where I happen to work.