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May 16, 2007 09:15 AM

Bakeries - 'down the shore'

Could anyone reccomend a few bakeries to try out this summer in Ocean / Monmouth county? Looking for good rolls and pastry....


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  1. Mueller's Bakery in Bay Head has the BEST pastries. My family has been patronizing them for more than 40 years and the quality hasn't diminished. Get there EARLY---they sell out of the best stuff quickly. The Danish pastries (especially the prune) are excellent. Be sure to try the crumbcake, too.

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    1. re: Anne

      I've been in Monmouth county for 10 yeras now and have never found a loaf of rye bread to compare to La Bonbonniere in Edison.

      Sometimes I ride across that blankin'idge just to get some.

    2. Big Apple Bakery in Manahawkin, in the beat up shopping center where Superfresh is. Excellent bakery, and get there early. Great muffins, and black and white cookies. I think the people who own the bakery are from Brooklyn.

      1. caputos in ursala plaza north long branch...

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        1. re: mindy

          I have cannolis from Caputo's in my fridge now. Calling me ...

        2. In Little Silver in the strip mall next to the A&P grocery store there is an Italian store that is at least equivilent and probably in fairness for those diehard Italians, better then Caputos. However they both are very good for pastries. The name I believe starts with an F but I could be mistaken too. Great place to pick up anything Italian.

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          1. re: F77

            It's called Ferrucci' Gourmet Foods. They have the best mozzarella around. And this where I discovered the Italian lemon cookie.

            I would love to hear about bakeries that are not Italian. I love a cannoli, but I miss the plain ol' American bakeries where you could get a fresh buttered roll or a cruller that wasn't sickeningly sweet. I know Freedman's is still in Belmar but I don't get there that often anymore.

            1. re: fershore

              I was wondering about this myself. I go to Freedman's all the time for bread and rolls, and the last time I went, the girl was saying that all of the other locations have closed except for Ocean Grove, and that pretty soon Belmar would be the only location left. So where will I go if Belmar closes? And where does everybody else go? Wegmans? I know what you mean about sickeningly sweet pastries, so I rarely buy them anymore, and Freedman's is better with bread than sweets IMHO. So, is there any place that makes a good crumb bun, for example?

              1. re: igrove

                My Nana lived off 18th Ave and we walked to Freedman's all the time (Nana didn't drive; we walked a lot). Therefore, every crumb bun that I've had in the last 40 years has tried and failed to measure up to Freedman's. Theirs is the perfect combo of sweet/salt/butter/not too dry/not too moist. Mmm, hungry...

          2. Not a bakery, but Joe Leone's in Point Pleasant Beach has the most amazing chocolate mint cookies. Just the right amount of mint and dipped in a thick milk or dark chocolate ganache...puts those Girl Scout cookies to shame! Add a glass of ice cold milk...heaven. :)