Best loaf of bread walking between North and South Station?
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.
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.
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/>