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Where can I get authentic sourdough bread?

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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

            1. I think you should try B&R in Framingham. They deliver to a few places like Frommagio Kitchen, Cheese Shop, etc.

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              1. re: joebelt

                B&R was also at the Inman Square Farmers Market this season...so tasty...might also be at some of the remaining FMs....

                1. re: MaineRed

                  There also is Zingermans in Michigan. They make a great array of bread, including a great tangy sourdough. I've bought their breads and sent them as gifts and they are always well received. www.zingermans.com

              2. Fornax Bakery in Roslindale Village makes an excellent sourdough boule. Not sure how "authentic" it is, but it is a very fine loaf of bread and it is markedly tangy.

                1. Have you tried Nashoba Brook? I have only been to their Back Bay location, but they are also in Concord.

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                  1. re: steve999

                    Nashoba Brook doesn't make a good crust. It's all elastic.

                    1. re: steve999

                      Nashoba Brook Bakery's Sourdough is our "go to" bread of choice. I keep it stocked in the freezer. It's now distributed at places like Whole Foods and Wilson Farms. Their Garlic Rosemary bread uses their Sourdough as a base, it's wonderful.

                      I myself love the Chewy Crust. When toasted, the chewyness goes away.

                      1. re: mjg0725

                        clear flour is a great choice, and even though it is not for sale, Hammersleys Bistro has a sour dough starter "mother" that is years old

                        1. re: jvish

                          I've bought the Clear Flour sourdough bread at the Wine and Cheese Cask and at Savenor's in Cambridge. (Yes, I know, both places also sell the regular Clear Flour baguette---which BTW is my favorite baguette in town---but often both breads are avaialble)

                      2. re: steve999

                        A little off-topic, but Nashoba's olive bread is really good...a bit of tang, generous amt. of olives, and a background flavor of carmelized onions. Makes great toast.

                      3. As another former san franciscan, I can tell you that it is not only difficult to find real sourdough outside the BA, it is in fact impossible. Proper SF sourdough uses, in part, ambient bacteria in the leavening process, similar to Belgian lambics. I'd love to find an acceptable substitute though.

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                        1. I'm also a former San Franciscan. The only real sourdough I've had here was served at Flora (restaurant) in Arlington. They gave me an extra loaf to take home when I raved about it. Maybe ask where they get it from? I think that they told me, but unfortunately, I nolonger remember.

                          1. B & R from Framingham delivers to restaurants and other locations mostly in the Boston area. If you call them directly they would be happy to let you know specific locations where you can pick up their bread. 508-370-7730. In addition to their sourdoughs a must try is their Ciabatta.

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                            1. re: odaivilo

                              agreed, their ciabatta are excellent!

                            2. we recently had a nicely done (moderately tangy) sourdough from fornax bakery in roslindale. i think it had a tight crumb (not too many big stretchy holes), but the texture and flavor was actually very good.