Bread Bakery in Alexandria or Arlington?
I'm new to the area and would love to find a good bakery that sells hearty bread with a good crust. If anyone's had the walnut levain bread from Acme bakery in Berkeley, that's the style I'm looking for. Any suggestions?
I've not had the pleasure of Berkeley bread, but let me recommend two bakeries on Lee Hwy. Arlington: 1. Pastries by Randolph emphasizes (surprise) pastries, but turns out some good bread, albeit in a limited spectrum. I like their baguettes.
2. Heidelberg bakery is better for the heartier stuff--several varieties of rye bread, for example. They make sourdough, but I wouldn't compare it to the good stuff from the Bay Area. The also have a small deli section and a nice selection of wursts.
There's also a bakery on W. Broad Street in Falls Church, Baguette Republic, that can turn out some excellent bread, but they're inconsistent.
We're fans of Firehook bakery in my family. All natural organic, great crust, big selection of types, a terrific baguette.
I love their Tuscan grain with farro. Maybe you might enjoy the Panello, a focaccia with walnuts and grapes. Their cakes and cookies are also terrific. It's where we'll get our pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.
They've got two locations in Alexandria. See the website for which breads they bake on which days of the week.
I'm a Great Harvest fan, though (hard to put into words) some Hounds consider their product "chowish" and others would call it "upscale commercial bread." I don't care, I just like it.
Also, Best Buns - gets great reviews.
Best Buns Bread Co
4010 28th St S, Arlington, VA