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Oct 7, 2007 09:04 PM

"Best" local whole or multi grain bread?

I'm looking for recommendations on whole/multi grain (+/-) breads that are available locally, in Berkeley/Oakland. (No use finding something and it being a hassle to get)

I'm not a huge bread eater but I'm starting to eat it more often for lunch and breakfast on the run (PB&J hold up very well). I've had some Acme breads (I assume multi-grain) at restaurants that were excellent and that's where I'm leaning but I know there's more out there.

Since I'm going to start trying some, I thought I might as well ask, perhaps save some waste.

My criteria: a decent, crunchy crust but I prefer a soft, moist/chew-ish interior, i.e., dislike dense, hard, cardboard, interiors. Loaf is preferred, sliced just gets old faster. Taste (clean, no after-taste) and texture seem to be key.

Any recs? Thanks in advance...

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  1. Market Hall Bakery makes an excellent one (well, I'm not sure if they make it, but they sell it). It is a standard loaf shape, and you can get it unsliced.

    1. Feel Good Bakery in the Alameda Marketplace makes a couple of excellent whole grain breads -- the Wholey-Moley is my favorite.

      Feel Good Bakery
      1650 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

      1. This thread from March might be useful:

        I like Vital Vittles for sandwich bread, although it sounds like you are looking for something crustier.

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        1. re: Dave MP

          Second on VV. See that thread for further thoughts.

          Acme's whole-wheat loaf might be a closer match to the request. I haven't seen it too often except at their two bakeries.

          I don't know what "no aftertaste" means.

        2. I really enjoy the Henry's Harvest from Grace Baking Company. Its widely available. My other favorite is a round loaf from Artisan Bakers that I buy at the Market Hall Bakery. As a round, it may be a bit more awkward to make sandwiches from, though the off-size bits could be turned into great, wholegrain croutons. The whole wheat breads at the Bread Garden are also worth a try. As for the Acme breads, I don't think that the ones I have seen have been 100% whole grain. If that is an issue for you, I strongly suggest careful label checking or contact the bakeries themselves as many of these artisan whole wheat/grain breads also contain regular wheat flour.

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          1. re: Jamie Rudman

            Artisan also sells a sliced multigrain pullman loaf in half loaves at Piedmont Grocery. It's probably available elsewhere as well. I buy their slices sourdough pullman for bacon and egg sandwiches--it's super.

            1. re: Jamie Rudman

              Yes, Henry's Harvest is the one that I was talking about, it's sold at Market Hall Bakery.

            2. I really like Morell's whole wheat loaf/round available at the Saturday farmers market in Berkeley. It's whole grain, got a nice soft inside, not too dense that has a slightly sourdough taste. They made be available at other markets as well, I'm not sure.

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              1. re: oaklandfoodie

                I personally find his bread VERY dense, but it is delicious if that's what you're in the mood for (like for thinly sliced open faced sandwiches of, say, smoked salmon). He's also at the Thursday Berkeley market.