hard rolls in PA?
Any place in PA that has real hard rolls? Poppy seeds, lightly crispy crust? We used to get these at the City Bakery in New Brunswick, NJ (I think, it's been a while). I can't find anything even similar anywhere in PA. We used to bring them home by the garbage bag load just so we'd have them for a little while to eat with chicken paprikash, etc.
if you are buying by the garbage bag load, 5 dozen or so, then it might just be worth a short drive to
Del Buonos Bakery
319 Black Horse Pike
Haddon Heights, NJ 08035
just about 5 minutes from the Walt Whitman Bridge, you will find the best hard rolls at an unbelievable bargain price of $1.75 a dozen. You may not always find poppy seed rolls, but they will usually have Kaiser, Torpedo (for making cheese steaks, hoagies), Club (great for sandwiches, the best roll at the bakery). Skip the bagels, they are "water bagels" and not very good. Crumb cake is great too.
PS, while in the neighborhood, about 1/4 mile south, you will find P&S Ravioli, the fresh cheese ravioli are as good as it gets and better than the frozen version that is available in local supermarkets. Boil a pot of water and gently toss these pasta pillows into the pot, just after they start to float, they are done.