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French dip sandwich in the Triangle?

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zomigi Aug 6, 2007 12:46 PM

A couple weeks ago I got my braces off, and the first thing I wanted to eat was a caramel apple. Check. Next was a French dip sandwich, with good crusty bread that I could have never bitten through with braces on my teeth. Can't check this one off yet... I've been to two places and had two different French dip sandwiches, both of which they told me were served on French baguettes, but both of which were served on some kind of soft, white, pre-packaged, sub-sandwich-type bread. Does no one know what a baguette is?! Elongated white bread does not equal French baguette!

Anyway, rant over, and let's get to the point: Where can I get a great French dip sandwich in the Triangle that is served on a genuine baguette (as genuine as you can get outside of France, of course :-))? I want some good, crusty bread. I live in Carrboro, but I'm willing to travel to Raleigh for such a thing if necessary. Thanks!

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    rockycat Aug 6, 2007 01:08 PM

    The first trick would be to find someplace that serves their sandwiches on good bread. That's a major, major problem here. Soft, squishy bread is the norm. I hate to say it, but your best bet may be to go to one of the very few bakeries around here who know how to make decent bread, buy a loaf, and make your own sandwich.

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      zomigi Aug 7, 2007 07:03 PM

      Yeah, that's a good point. But then the problem is finding a good bakery! I like Great Harvest bread for every day bread, but they don't really do French bread or sour dough or the like, that I've seen. I've yet to find a good bakery for my favorite thing of all, cookies!

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        LulusMom Aug 8, 2007 04:53 AM

        Haven't tried the cookies, but the bread out of Weaver Street is the best I've found in the area.

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          kerdragon Aug 8, 2007 12:56 PM

          I second that, and I do like their cookies as well.

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          klaatu47 Aug 8, 2007 07:56 PM

          Try Hereghty's, a patisserie in Raleigh. I had a chocolate chip cookie there today that was absolutely divine......

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          Hereghty Heavenly Delicious
          2603 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27608

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        GrillingGreg Aug 7, 2007 07:08 PM

        Have you tried Gugelhupf? I don't know if they do the sandwich, but they've got some of the best bread around.

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          Nab Aug 7, 2007 07:55 PM

          The Gugl actually does have it, and it looked like a proper dip (though I didn't taste it) when I saw it on my friend's plate. Had what looked like a proper jus, and not the oft-seen brown gravy, which is nowhere near the same thing.

          http://www.guglhupf.com/store/lunch.html

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          Guglhupf Bakery & Patisserie
          2706 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

          1. re: Nab
            Suzy Q Aug 9, 2007 09:27 AM

            La Farm in Cary has excellent crusty bread - although they have excellent everything, now that I think of it. They also often have a selection of their breads at the Farmers Market on the weekends, but those go fast.

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              bbqme Aug 10, 2007 07:15 AM

              Area Whole Foods stores carry La Farm breads. It's good but expensive.

        2. SenorSuarez Aug 10, 2007 07:54 AM

          If you want something truly authentic, I recommend Quiznos. If the sweet animation on their website doesn't convince you, I don't know what will...

          http://www.quiznos.com/menu/sub_steak...

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            chazzer Aug 10, 2007 10:54 AM

            On the subject of authentic sandwichs, try the Chicargo beef at Old Chicargo in Wake Forest. Every bit as good as the Quiznos experince. No not ture Quizinos is better.

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