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Bread in No. California...

george osner Feb 21, 1999 12:24 AM

...or at least the Bay Area, and always excepting my
wife Elise's home-baked loaves warm out of the oven....

In my opinion, has to be Acme. This bakery in
Berkeley, on San Pablo Ave. turns out actual manna. We
drive 80 mi each way to but this bread (well...not as a
sole trip, but still...) The sourdough baguette is
heaven. Ordinarily, I'm a bread and butter man: bread
needs butter to be palatable (or olive oil as an
occasional alternative). Acme's baguette I will eat
like a bag of potato chips; just scarf it down.

Many varieties of bread and they are uniformly good.

Most fun to visit the bakery, San Pablo several blocks
n. of University. Get there early in the day for full
selection. If you can't get there, it's availble in
specialty groceries all around the bay area. For a
while someone was even importing it to Modesto, but no
longer, alas.

There are lots of other good bread bakeries in the
area. Many would dispute this being the best; another
with strong partisan following is Tassajara.

Link: http://webpages.ainet.com/gosner

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    auranixx Jan 29, 2003 10:52 PM

    How fascinating.. Any bakeries in So. CA to recommend?

    Link: http://dreampharm.com/Item/107.htm

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    1. re: auranixx
      laura Mar 24, 2003 12:28 AM

      I really like Metropolis Baking Co. bread. It's also located in Berkeley, near the Scharfenberger Chocolate Factory. You can get their bread at a lot of local markets and some really good restaurants carry it, too.

      1. re: laura
        derek Mar 24, 2003 12:12 PM

        I really love the crusty, chewy Country Loaf from "Tartine" on Guerrero and 18th

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      Pam Stroud Apr 1, 2000 07:08 PM

      We were in San Fransisco this past week and picked up some Acem bread at the market near the Ferry Building. Does Acme have a website?

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        jonathan gold Feb 21, 1999 01:46 PM

        Acme is in fact the best bread bakery in
        Northern California, but the best baguettes,
        are at the Cheese Board up on Shattuck.
        Amazing baguettes, superlight, crisp,
        almost alive. And the cheese is pretty
        good too.

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        1. re: jonathan gold
          Rachelhope Feb 23, 1999 10:12 AM

          Must support Dave, without question the baguettes at
          the Cheeseboard (Shattuck, across the street from Chez
          Panisse) are superior to the loaves sold by Acme.
          Always hot, because they fly from their bin so
          quickly, the texture an unusual but absolutely
          addictive sponge, for lunch one must buy two baguettes
          for you'll eat one in the car before you make it home.
          Ahh... as close to France as the U.S. has ever come.
          Try the sweet white bread at Acme though, and tell me
          if ever a loaf has been better crafted for a BLT.

          1. re: Rachelhope
            rachelhope Feb 23, 1999 10:13 AM

            sorry ... Jonathan. ooops, got carried away in my
            cheeseboard-induced ecstacy.

            1. re: rachelhope
              stan gordon Feb 24, 1999 01:59 PM

              I know this is a bit North of the current thread, but
              the Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino (a terrific
              restaurant, BTW), makes an Austrian Seed Bread which I
              believe they also sell (and do mail order). This is a
              rich dinner bread that we could not get enough of and
              while Mendocino is worth a visit in itself, this bread
              provides special justification to loaf lovers

              1. re: stan gordon
                jonathan gold Feb 24, 1999 09:50 PM

                I noticed an ad in the March Beard
                newsletter offering Cafe Beaujolais
                for sale? Is this true? Are they gone

                1. re: jonathan gold
                  Gary Cheong Feb 24, 1999 11:39 PM

                  It's been on the market for quite awhile. I think
                  Chris and Margaret are spending more time in Austria
                  than in Mendocino.

                  1. re: Gary Cheong
                    Heidi Mar 6, 1999 06:52 AM

                    Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to try
                    ACME Bakery, but I can't get out of my mind the
                    intoxicating aromas, texures and flavors of the breads
                    from La Brea Bakery in L.A., and it's been four years
                    since my last trip.

                    1. re: Heidi
                      mitch w Mar 7, 1999 08:29 AM

                      Acme's Great, but I also loved Il Fornaio; no one
                      makes a ciabatta quite like they do!

                      1. re: Heidi
                        jason carey Apr 1, 1999 12:34 PM

                        i must also admit that the best
                        bread outside of france is in
                        Los angeles at the LaBrea
                        bakery, the resturant next
                        door Called Campinile is also
                        very good
                        the herb foccaccia is
                        unbelieviable there

                        1. re: Heidi
                          jason carey Apr 1, 1999 12:35 PM

                          i must also admit that the best
                          bread outside of france is in
                          Los angeles at the LaBrea
                          bakery, the resturant next
                          door Called Campinile is also
                          very good
                          the herb foccaccia is
                          unbelieviable there

                          1. re: jason carey
                            Connie Biaggini Aug 13, 2000 05:58 PM

                            I live in San Luis Obispo, California. Where can I purchase the sourdough baguette from the La Brea Bakery?

                            1. re: Connie Biaggini
                              Kit Aug 14, 2000 02:05 AM

                              If you have a Ralph's market they may carry LaBrea breads. The one in the L.A. area does.

                              1. re: Kit
                                jose garcia Oct 4, 2003 08:34 PM

                                Hi my name is Jose an lm lokoing for this type at bread
                                cal LABREA.
                                Can you please let me know if you guys have.

                          2. re: Heidi
                            Ash Beck Dec 10, 2003 12:03 AM

                            I had the opportunity to try same and I liked it.

                            Ash Beck

                            Link: http://www.e-zest.net/j2ee-india.html

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