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Best Bread in Boston?

I have been strictly on a whole-grains and low-carb kick and I'm looking for the best whole-grain or multi-grain bread in Boston and Suburbs. So not just great baked goods or baguettes, but the real thing. Anyone?

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  1. the anadama from when pigs fly is killer. warm with peanut butter...mmmmmmm.

    1. Iggy's "health loaf." I think the real name is 7-grain.

      1. Iggy's also makes a terrific sourdough whole wheat, available as a loaf or baguette. Some Whole Foods stores carry it, as does Shaw's. Clear flour also makes a few very dense whole grain loaves worth checking out.

        1. "Whole grains and low carbs" is an oxymoron. Whole grains are certainly good for you, and a good part of what I subsist on, but they have plenty of carbs, just mixed with bran, fiber, protein, etc.

          That said, the "Huron Loaf" at Hi Rise is my all around favorite whole wheat bread. They use an excellent, nutty, stone ground whole wheat flour.

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          1. re: StriperGuy

            Agree, but not all carbs are equal (simple vs. complex). Several dietary approaches, such as Weight Watchers, rate foods based on their glycemic index, which is a balance of fiber/calories. IOW, you can eat more of something with a high glycemic index and still maintain or lose weight. This is not too far out, and I personally benefited tremendously from this, losing almost 40 lbs and keeping it off for over 8 years by now. Not too be confused with the "low carb" insanity that has folks really wiping carbs completely out of their diets........:-o

            1. re: Science Chick

              Yes, but of course the OP said "low carb" kick, NOT low "glycemic index."

              Fact is, all calories are in fact more or less equal. If you eat grains with lots of bran/fiber, we can't digest fiber, so pound for pound less usable calories then processed grains. Whole grains also have the added benefit of being richer in vitamins and minerals.

              Eat less; eat whole grains and veggies (both relatively low in calories per unit weight); excercise; don't go too crazy on desserts or bbq; heaven forbid, a healthy lifestyle.

          2. I personally don't think there is any great bread in Boston. I am always let down by the bread bakeries... I long for the bread in Holland.. I swear even the bread they make fresh in the supermarket is better than what we can get here:(

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            1. re: Redhohoho

              Have you tried Iggy's and the multi-grain loaves at Danish pastry house. One of my co-workers is dutch and is hooked on both.

              1. re: StriperGuy


                I have tried Iggy's - I thought it was jsut ok... What I loved about the bread in Amsterdam is that they have so many wonderful brown breads.. even brown croissants that weren't dry like the brown breads I have gotten around here. I have not tried the Danish pastry house - where is it?

                1. re: Redhohoho

                  The Danish Pastry Shop is in Watertown-- in the space that Iggy's used to occupy-- I hear there is another one in Medford. If you are on Mt Auburn heading west from Cambridge, take a left on Arlington Street. Take your next soft right and you'll see several signs stacked up on the left-- Danish Pastry Shop is back from the street across from a concrete company.

                  I think the Dutch breads you're talking about loving are pretty, well, Dutch. Not much market for them here. I did a long backpack trip years ago with a Dutch woman and all she talked about were brown breads...

            2. My husband is french, and the only bread he actually thinks is good in Boston is the baguette from Clear Flour bakery in Brookline. It is also available in other stores. Bread and Butter in JP also had some good bread, but we no longer live close enough to make it worthwhile to go there.

              1. I love Nashoba Brook Bakery's seven-grain bread. It's sweetened with dates, and it's delicious.

                1. Clear Flour makes a 7 grain and several ryes that are fiber-rich. Also, Trader Joe's carries a packaged seeded sliced multi-grain brand name I think is Hearth Oven that is pretty good. On the brown bread kick, haven't tried the new Russian bakery on Arlington Street in Watertown but you can get a decent (not old-fashioned pumpernickel but tasty brown bread) brown loaf at Russian Village in Brookline on Beacon street.

                  1. I love dense very MULTI grain type breads with no added sugar... and it took a lot of searching to find one in Boston! I finally discovered When Pigs Fly 'Low Carb' at the end of last summer - whole grains, flaxseeds, not sweet. Highly recommended. I've seen it at both Shaw's & Whole Foods.