Best bread basket - PHX
There have been similar threads in Boston and Manhattan recently, so I thought I would start it for Phoenix!
My vote is for Sassi. Their bread is baked onsite and is always delicious. Sassi's bread basket usually includes a crisp flatbread, focaccia, and a crusty ciabatta, but there are always little surprizes, too. One time there was a dried cherry and dark chocolate bread. OMG so good! I asked if I could purchase some to take home, and the bartender generously packed some to go for me, gratis. No butter, but they have quality olive oil and even balsamic vinegar on request.
My second place vote is for Quiessence. The bread is homemade and different every night. I recall some very good sweet potato biscuits earlier this summer, and had a whole wheat herb bread last friday. The bread is always warm and is served with an herb butter... simply delicious!
Not highbrow in anyway...but we had dinner at Floridino's in Chandler tonight and since this topic is here.... I really like the bread they serve with their pasta...round flat bread right out of teh oven, brushed with butter and dusted with cheese. Everytime we're there we swear we're going to tell them "no bread" but can't seem to avoid the temptation.
Marcellino -- nice variety of breads, all fresh and well-suited to the cuisine. There's a nice spread that accompanies them.
T. Cook's -- not really a basket, but the bread is a crusty loaf that pairs well with the wonderful pesto spread; sometimes I think I could make a meal of just that.
Durant's -- the bread with the butter, garlic, and leek topping is always a treat.
I've also had very nice experiences with the bread basket at Eleve, but my experience is not up-to-date. I need to get there soon and report back.
2611 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
7114 E. Stetson Dr. 85251, Old Town Scottsdale, AZ 85251
T Cooks At the Royal Palms
5200 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018
3118 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
10455 E Pinnacle Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Quiessence Restaurant & Wine
6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85042