Good New York Style Jewish Rye bread in Danvers
I checked out Martha's Bread Bakery today. It's at 18 Maple Street in Danvers (closed on Mondays). They have a few small eat-in counters but it's not a large place.
They seem to have a rotating board with about 10-12 different breads, as well as bagels and sweet baked goods (muffins, scones, coffee rolls) in a case. They also make sandwiches (Boar's Head cold cuts). Since I can't have dairy right now I was pretty limited in what I could get. I got a BLT on Honey Whole Wheat. Nice crispy bacon, decent lettuce and tomato. I forgot to ask for the bread toasted and wish they'd asked (I saw a toaster so I am assuming it's an option). However it was right around lunchtime and they seemed like they were getting slammed. Anyway, the bread was very good, moist and yeasty. I had a bit of English Muffin bread before I realized it had dry milk in it, and also very good. I bought New York Style Jewish Rue bread which was still warm from the oven. I snacked on it in the car and it was GOOD. Chewy, slightly crispy top, tangy sour bread with just the right amount of caraway seeds. I also picked up a loaf of french bread, generously topped with sesame seeds. It's also a very good bread- with a chewy yet slightly crispy crust and a moist interior. I'd go out of my way to pick up both the French bread and the Rye- however it seems the Rye is only available on Fridays. Not sure about the French- it wasn't listed on the list for today but they had it so I don't know if it's a regular offering or if they were just in a french bread mood today.
Has anyone tried any of their other breads? I'm wondering how the bagels are as well. I'll be back because it's only about 20 minutes drive from my home in Melrose- just the right amount of time for my infant to fall asleep soundly enough for me to have a nice quiet snack ;-)
Side note- I thought I'd heard of something called "Bread in a Round" or something like that? on Rte 62 in Danvers, which is what I originally set out looking for. I'm glad I found Martha's but if there's another bread bakery arounds I'd like to know about it.
I was a big fan of Martha's until I met the South Beach Diet a few years ago. ;-) I remember Martha's having outstanding filled breads - like a pepperoni filled bread - that were an ideal lunch. The people who worked there always seemed really nice, and there were always breads out to sample. Now that I've fallen off the SB wagon, I should go back.
Could the other place you're thinking of be "Loaf in a Round" on Route 1 in Danvers?
I walked in there once and got the sense that it was more a sandwich shop than a bakery. Nothing appealed enough to me to make a purchase.
If you're willing to travel another 15 minutes north, I really like Annarossa's bakery in the Tannery in Newburyport. Note that they're only open Wed - Sat.