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Nov 13, 2006 06:13 PM

Acme Bread--where to buy?

I've just discovered the Acme rustic baguette (took me long enough!), and I've been desperate to get more. Unfortunately, the SF and Berkeley locations are out of my way (other side of the Caldecott tunnel), and I don't have a lot of spare time to make the trip. I've heard that you can buy Acme bread at Andronico's and Whole Foods (Yes, I know it's not as good as direct from the bakery, but you take what you can get). Do they have the rustic baguette there? If not, what else is good to try?

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  1. The pain d'epis is the same dough as the rustic baguette, just a different shape. That's my second-favorite, after the levain.

    Some Costcos have a very limited selection of Acme, not including either of those.

    1. I may be wrong but I think the Acme herb slab is sold at Trader Joe's in TJ's packaging (as artisan herb foccacia or something like that). It tastes exactly the same. I love the herb slab. I'm not familiar enough with the other breads to spot it in different wrapping but it's possible TJ's carries some of their other breads.

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      1. re: Mmmonica

        Not quite the same. The Herb Slab is my all time favorite bread. The TJ's herb foccacia is their own version of it, similar, but not exact.

        I get my slab at Whole Foods or Ferry Plaza.

        1. re: Sebby

          Trader Joe's most definitely has some Acme knockoffs. I'm skeptical about claims that they have house-labeled real Acme. Here's a topic on that subject:

      2. Most Andronicos carry a selection of Acme breads. Availability varies from shop to shop. I love the Pain au Levain, which is pretty common.

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        1. re: Morton the Mousse

          I'd be surprised if Andronico's had a rustic baguette or pan d'epis. Usually, unless it's Berkeley Bowl or Monterey Mkt. or Pasta Shop, the selection is limited to regular baguette, sweet and sour batard.

          I'm not on board about the herb slab. I can't stand it, but I also don't like rosemary bread or stuff like that. Hey, call me weird!

        2. You don't mention where you sit geographically, but on the Peninsula, many of the "independent" grocers carry Acme. In Palo Alto & Menlo Park, for example, JJ&F, Piazzas, Mollie Stones, and Draegers all stock Acme. They typically carry 6 or 7 varieties which seem to vary quite a bit from store to store. Sweet and sour baguettes, Italian Batards, Italian long loafs, and herb slabs are almost always in stock.

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          1. re: doc

            Actually, the OP did say "other side of the Caldecott Tunnel" which I take to mean central Contra Costa county.

            As other people have said, Whole Foods and Andronico's should be your best bet. With Andronico's closing up shop in Walnut Creek and Danville, if you have trouble finding it you could always call or email them and ask if any of the other markets carry their wares.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Do Whole Foods and Andronico's, or any other stores mentioned here, actually carry breads made with Acme Rustic dough? The only place I've ever noticed any for sale outside of the bakeries themselves was Pasta Gina in Noe Valley, which carries Acme Rustic Sandwich Rolls. Usually I just see the Sweet and Sour baguettes, which are far inferior to the Rustic baguettes one can buy at the bakeries.

              1. re: nja

                I don't know. The last time I was in the bread aisle at Whole Foods I remember seeing that they had quite a few Acme breads, but I don't remember which ones. Probably best to call or email Acme and ask who might carry a specific product in a specific geographic area. As shown by the response the other poster got, they're quite responsive to customer queries.

          2. Lunardis' which took over for Andronicos' also carries Acme and also carry the Acme chive slab bread which is very tasty indeed.