See. Smell. Touch. Taste. Savor. Repeat. It’s a well-worn routine at this world-class bakeshop in Cleveland Heights. For those among us who are not gluten-phobic, walking into On the Rise is an exercise in all-encompassing satisfaction. To bread fanatics (guilty!), there is no greater joy than spotting a fully stocked baker’s rack loaded with slender French baguettes, elegant epi loaves, bulging rustic Italian rounds, wild sourdoughs, and sweet, savory onion-topped focaccias. You can keep your Elisabeth Hasselbeck-approved imitation breads. Us? We prefer the real thing, an artisan product centuries in the making. You won’t find better bread, the staff of life, than what’s baked up here.
3471 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-320-9923, ontheriseartisanbreads.com.