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Nov 5, 2007 01:32 PM

Where can I get authentic sourdough bread?

Not the weak, white bread tasting kind but a nice, tangy loaf. I live in the Andover area and would specifically love local recommendations. Thanks!

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    1. re: aadesmd

      Out of curiousity, and at the risk of going off topic, have you actually been able to get Acme to deliver to you out here for a reasonable price? When I went to the Acme website a year or so ago, they claimed to be selling the loaves at Market Basket here in the Boston area. I went to the MB's in Woburn and Bellingham, and neither had anything like it.

      1. re: winedude

        Trying to stay on topic, friends buy it for me in SF, package it in brown paper, and send it FED EX. If sending enough, it actually isn't outrageous.

        I agree. There is no place that achieve the tanginess or the textural aspects of the true sourdough, here in Boston.

    2. As a former San Franciscan, I've only found one acceptable sourdough, and it's at Clear Flour in Brookline. The texture is almost as good as SF, though it's not as tangy (no where is, I don't know why). Pain D'Avignon Sourdough, available at Whole Foods, is probably second best, a little better than Iggy's Francese loaf, which isn't really very sour at all.

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      1. re: winedude

        the tangy-iness has a lot to do with the specific culture used to make the bread, which (legend has it) has a lot to do in turn with the local (wild) bacteria in the air.

        i haven't had the sourdough at clear flour, but all the other breads i've had there have been uniformly excellent. i have had a sourdough at high rise in cambridge, which i thought was really fine.

      2. I am not sure if they have sourdough bread but they have a terrific and tasty assortment of homemade breads (can also taste) at Loaf in a Round on Route 1S in Danvers.

        1. By far the best sourdough around is B & R Artisan Bread in Framingham. Although the majority of their business is wholesale they do have a retail location. The bread is extraordinary! Call ahead and they will hold a loaf for you.

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          1. re: odaivilo

            Do you know who they wholesale to? Seems so rare to find it anywhere...

          2. A&J King Bakery in Salem