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Restaurants with best warm appetizer bread?

Any recommendations for restaurants with wonderful, warm bread, possibly including dips or oils, preferably (but not necessarily) served for free before the meal? Thanks!

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  1. there are VERY FEW places with interesting out-of-the-norm bread. sibling rivalry has bob kinkead's v famous irish soda bread w caraway and raisins; campagna in waltham makes some wonderful and v unusual breads. union square bar and grill serves a fresh hot-out-of-the-oven small skillet of cornbread that is good. EVOO serves their addictive salty skinny bread sticks.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      I just had that Irish soda bread at Sibling Rivalry, and I have to say it was delicious. In fact, it was so exceptional it got me looking around for an Irish soda bread recipe, to try and duplicate his rendition. Really good.

    2. Sel De La Terre has a very nice bread basket featuring a sampling from their boulangerie. I'm very fond of the anise fig loaf. It is served with a good butter.

      Central Kitchen does a board of breads with their garlic bean spread. If we had a table of friends with us, we'd add some of their lovely marinated olives and let everyone take their time deciding what to order.

      My husband is the bread lover. I'll have to ask him to remember his favorites.

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      1. re: BostonZest

        Sorry, I missed that your post requested "warm" bread. My suggestions are not warm but they are wonderful. Husband added the Bristol lounge to our list. They have a nice basket with a mix of breads including my fav-- a seeded lovash.

        He also enjoys the bread and olive oil at Trattoria Toscana. In fact, we will head there for lunch today, thanks to your question.

      2. You can also order one of Sel de la Terre's petit gouters, which really round out the bread basket--I'm fond of both the eggplant-goat cheese spread and the balsamic-roasted shallots and garlic.

        1. I just love Olives in Charlestown, it's frocaccia with olives in olive oil (maybe even roasted garlic too) - delicious.

          1. Alchemist Lounge in JP has very tasty focaccia, I think it's warm.

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            1. re: Joanie

              I second the Alchemist's focaccia...