Bread in No. California...
...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
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.
re: jonathan gold
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.
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