Named one of America's 50 Best Bakeries by The Daily Meal (2013): "At A&J King Artisan Bakers, the emphasis is on traditional, artisanal bread and pastries. The bakery has a daily selection of breads, like olive bread and ciabatta, along with rotating weekly specials, including semolina apricot fennel and asiago chile. Their sticky bun is a popular choice, and caramel bourbon pecan bread pudding makes for another gooey treat."
Best of Boston 2012 - Best Bakery North: "Husband-and-wife team Andy and Jackie King have built their business around the art of crafting thick, crusty loaves brimming with ingredients like olives, walnuts, and apricot fennel and baked fresh each morning while most of us are still drooling on our pillow."
Best of Boston 2009 - Best Bakery North: "Set foot inside a great restaurant, and the feeling is usually admiration, even awe. Enter a great bakery like A&J King, and it’s more like giddiness."
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Best of the North Shore 2013: "Using locally sourced ingredients, Andy and Jackie King work with what's seasoal and fresh, which means an ever-changing selection of goodies...when it comes to artisan baking, A&J truly is king."
"It's easy to see why A&J King Artisan Bakers in Salem, Mass, rules the bakery empire!" Phantom Gourmet Special of the Day, January 2011 (click for video)
"Salem may be best known for its historic witch hunts, but fans of hand-formed boules and crusty baguettes may soon edge out the wicca buffs here. The new A&J King Artisan Bakers, run by Andy and Jackie King, is turning out loaves, pastries, cookies, and cakes that, if you don’t live nearby, are well worth a road trip...All in all, if you’re a devotee of oven-fresh treats, A&J is bound to cast a spell." A Loaf Affair, April 2008
"At this artisanal bakery, the husband-and-wife team of Andy and Jackie King prove you can't rush perfection. Take their hand-formed sourdough loaves, walnut sticky buns, and browned butter cakes as an invitation to slow down and savor every second." New England Travel Magazine, Best of New England 2008
"Excellence in Retail Award, 2007," Salem Chamber of Commerce