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Best loaf of bread walking between North and South Station?

junior coyote Apr 30, 2007 06:17 AM

Any recommendations on where to find the best loaf of bread on a walking route between North and South Station? Short detours considered.


edit: To clarify, I would like to buy a loaf of bread as a walk in customer.

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  1. Joanie RE: junior coyote Apr 30, 2007 06:29 AM

    Probably Sel de la Terre.

    1. finlero RE: junior coyote Apr 30, 2007 07:19 AM

      Sel de La Terre's breads are indeed pretty good, if perhaps a tad overrated. Since I work downtown, it's really nice to drop by and grab a loaf for dinner (and maybe a nice rustic tart for dessert, and oh my, these muffins look just lovely...), but I wouldn't make a special trip.

      Not sure whether this counts a short or a medium detour, but another option might be the new Flour outpost by the Children's Museum.

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      1. re: finlero
        junior coyote RE: finlero Apr 30, 2007 07:24 AM

        I went to Flour once, and there was a huge line at lunch.

        1. re: junior coyote
          southendchow RE: junior coyote Apr 30, 2007 08:25 AM

          "When Pig's Fly" Bakery has a stand May through October at the little open air market a block away from south station...

          1. re: southendchow
            esmom RE: southendchow Apr 30, 2007 06:35 PM

            There is also a market at Goverment Center on Mondays and Wednesdays during roughly the same months. They have one or two decent bread stands if memory serves.

          2. re: junior coyote
            kbw18 RE: junior coyote Apr 30, 2007 12:01 PM

            The lunch line goes out the door from about 11:45 to 1:15. Other times, you can get into the bakery to see what they have.

            I'd agree that it's worth the detour over the Congress Street bridge.

            1. re: kbw18
              Fort Point RE: kbw18 Apr 30, 2007 01:33 PM

              Know you can't drive across the Congress St . Bridge due to construction, can you still walk across it? The options are to do the new Northern Ave bridge or Summer St. and work your way to Congress along the Channel.

              1. re: Fort Point
                elcaminogirl RE: Fort Point Apr 30, 2007 02:18 PM

                Sure, you can walk across the bridge on one side.

                About the line--if you're just grabbing a loaf, you can go around the line. The loaves are on the shelf below the big blackboard--grab one and head to the register.

        2. Dr.Jimbob RE: junior coyote Apr 30, 2007 09:36 AM

          It's a slight detour, to be sure, but two options include the Whole Foods which is on Cambridge Street in Beacon Hill (they sell Iggy's and Clear Flour baguettes in addition to a variety of other breads) and Panificio on Charles Street (selection is variable as the bread is delivered fairly fresh, but their olive loaf and their raisin cinammon loaf were two staples in my household while we lived in Beacon Hill). Panificio also does a variety of lovely sandwiches and salads to go. <http://www.panificioboston.com/>

          1. Alcachofa RE: junior coyote Apr 30, 2007 01:06 PM

            Merchants Wine & Spirits, at 6 Water Street, sells Iggy's bread for some reason. Cheese and olives, too.

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            1. re: Alcachofa
              Alcachofa RE: Alcachofa May 4, 2007 11:10 AM

              Oops, Merchants is out of business! When did that happen? My bad. That sux. Oh, well.

              1. re: Alcachofa
                junior coyote RE: Alcachofa May 4, 2007 02:33 PM

                I used to get Iggy's bread there, but they closed just recently (maybe 3 weeks ago). That's what prompted this question.

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