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Burger-Sized Soft Italian or French Rolls?

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Good morning, and greetings from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Okay...this is an odd request: I have eaten at an absurd number of bakeries in Brooklyn and beyond, but have a very specific request with regard to the *best* burger-sized soft Italian or French rolls in the five boroughs. I am participating in the Build a Better Burger competition in Napa Valley next week and have yet to find a truly earth-shattering, burger-sized Italian or French roll to take to the cook-off. Does anyone have any favorites for their burger needs? I am willing to do a lot of traveling this weekend to find *just* the right roll. I have encountered several excellent contenders, but am curious as to whether or not any Chowhounders have any favorites. Thank you very, *very* much for any suggestions you might share.

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  1. I know you're looking for a specific type of Italian or French roll, but I just wanted to suggest trying Portuguese as well. Sometimes Portuguese rolls can seem bland, but if they're fresh, and not pale in color, they can be a real delight. Another plus is that they are usually *very* soft. Years ago, I remember Pearson's BBQ in LIC (Queens) used these rolls for his BBQ.

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    I hope someone can chime in with recommendations.

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    1. re: Cheese Boy

      Thank you so much, Cheese Boy. That is an excellent recommendation. I was planning a day in Queens tomorrow in search of some candidate rolls, and the Portuguese suggestion will allow me *many* more options. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    2. This may be too late, but I like the brioche rolls at Citarella for burgers. They do tend to run out pretty early, so worth calling if this is something you are interested in.

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      1. re: MMRuth

        Again, perhaps a bit late, but I like the whole wheat rolls at Fairway. Exactly large hamburger size. Perhaps they are a bit healthier (high fiber) than perfect for your purposes, but the Sourdough Rye rolls there might just fit your needs.