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BEST macaroons? Boston to Nashua, nh

A friend of mine that has just moved to the Boston area from Sam Francisco, has been having macaroons overnighted to him from San Fran because, he says, he just cant seem to find any around this area that match up. Any suggestions as to where he could get some ouitstanding macaroons in the greater Boston/Southern New Hampshire area?

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  1. Interesting request because there is a macaroon place called St. Julien's in Sandown, NH (over the river and through the woods a bit from Nashua). I've tried to get there when they are open, but no luck so far. They are supposed to be fantastic, and other hounds have had them. Here's their web site.

    1. Dutch Epicure on Rte 101A (Amherst Street) between Nashua and Amherst:

      1. I would love to know where your friend is having them shipped from. I used to go to a place in SF just for the macaroons. They would dip half of them in chocolate and they weighed about 3 pounds a piece.
        So far the only place even close is The Black Forest Cafe & Bakery in Amherst NH
        I was there in the spring and they had them. They do different pastry's all the time so your friend may want to call ahead. It's a nice little place and worth the trip. Food and service were very good. I was there for brunch.

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        1. re: othervoice

          Interesting. I live up the hill from Black Forest and I never go there. I find Dutch Epicure's baked items more "classic". BFC&B makes a denser, more "crunchy granola" type product. At least to my taste. Another resource the OP might want to check out is The Good Loaf--it's a home-based bakery that sells at the Amherst Farmer's Market and select stores--call her: Lynda Shortt (603) 673-0471
          Her artisanal breads, cakes and cookies are excellent.

          1. re: whs


            I guess I hit the BFC&B just right. I had never been there and met some relatives for brunch. It was good. But I'm wondering is Dutch Epicure's the same place that makes the great cakes? I know I was at a catered event and they had several of the cakes, which were out of this world. All I know is they came from a bakery on Amhearst Street. Thanks for the rec, I will be sure to try it when I'm up in the area.

            1. re: othervoice

              I think you were eating Dutch Epicure cakes. BTW, Michael Timothy's in Nashua features their pastries for Sunday brunch.

              (Actually, the last time I had lunch at BFC&B, the sandwiches were very good--maybe I should give them another try!)

        2. and what is the name of this place in San Francisco?
          I would love to try some good macaroons.

          1. thanks for the replys, obvious but overlooked recommendations! The place in Sandown sounds interesting, iam not a huge fan of coconut so that would be a nice alternative. When i find out the name of the place in San Fran i'll post it on this thread. Thanks again, i was hoping i'd get some good responses, and i did!

            1. Sandown may be your best bet. I never even knew that macaroons could be made other then with coconut until you made me look it up

              1. Has your friend tried any of the North End bakeries, both Modern and Mike's have good macaroons (definitely the almond paste type, no coconut in site) and also macaroons with pine nuts on top (personal favorite) .

                1. Lakota Bakery in Arlington MA has wonderful chocolate and lemon macaroons. They also wholesale so they can be found elsewhere in the Boston area. Clear Flour in Brookline does an excellent almond macaroon.

                  1. Thanks again to you other "foodies" with macaroon suggestions, i dont hate coconut, but its nice to see there are other variations on Macaroons out there, or perhaps the ones with coconut are variations on the original! Thanks again, i havent found out the name yet of the bakery in San Fran that has the great macaroons, i have had one of those from one of the overnight shipments, one of the ones dipped in dark chocolate. Yowser!

                    1. We've had some excellent macaroons from Piro's bakery in Methuen Ma and from Tripoli bakery in Lawrence Ma. Don't get there too often as we live in NH. Also I would second the Dutch Epicure Bakery. Very good!

                      1. I hate to do this... I'm from Methuen and now live in SF and I think its hilarious that someone from SF can't find good food in MA. I guess its a regional thing, because there is no good food in SF as far as I'm concerned. Their idea of pastry is a "glazed croissant" "glazed croissant with fruit" or "glazed croissant with fruit preserves." For Macaroons in the Methuen area, Tripoli and Piro's are excellent starts- I have been going to both since birth. The difference really is that SF has mostly French and Asian variations of French pastries (think dreadful cakes with whipped cream frosting and syrupy kiwis on phyllo dough), while MA has Italian (read: good) bakeries, so I'd have to say if your friend has his heart set on SF style he's out of luck on the east coast. That being said, I will happily ship him cartons of macaroons if he'll send me a Piro's white cake or some rainbow cookies.

                        1. Antoines on Watertown St in the Nonantum section of Newton.
                          Concord Teacakes in West Concord.