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Nashoba Brook Bakery-South End

lissy Dec 22, 2007 08:52 AM

Just walked by the place and there's a sign on the door that they're closing 12/23. Apparently they lost their lease and haven't come to terms anywhere else in the neighborhood. I'm disappointed. I liked stopping in this place for a sandwich every now and again.


Nashoba Brook Bakery Cafe
152 Commonwealth Ave., Concord, MA 01742

  1. vonwotan Dec 22, 2007 11:17 AM

    This really is sad. I love their breads.

    1. j
      JNice Dec 22, 2007 01:11 PM

      I am heartbroken! I've eaten there so many times in the past year that I can't even tell you! No other lunch place in the south end even compares! :,(

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        ChrisConcord Dec 23, 2007 03:40 PM

        Feel free to come on out to Concord for the bread and everything else; they are still right here and going strong. When they first opened they hired my then apartment-mate to run the counter, and they continue to be good friends and neighbors. If I hear of any relocation news I will pass it along.

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          BackBayGirl Dec 28, 2007 12:21 PM

          I hate to say it, but everytime I've gone there, I've gotten nothing but rude service. Their breads may be good, but I stopped going after being treated like dirt a few times. I also wasn't overly impressed by their bread. It was good, but not the best I've ever had. They certainly were not worth being treated poorly.

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          1. re: BackBayGirl
            vonwotan Dec 28, 2007 12:49 PM

            I am sorry to hear that your experiences at the shop were unpleasant. We must keep different hours, one things that kept me coming back, even after I moved, was that I found the staff quite pleasant - always a ready smile and frequent chats with one or two. Since it was out of the way, I was thrilled when our produce service began carrying their breads.

            1. re: vonwotan
              BackBayGirl Dec 28, 2007 01:04 PM

              My friend actually had the same experiences I did and told me (I had never told him about my experiences and he said "you know I wanted to like going there, but I was treated w/ such attitude that I won't go back" to which I said "wow, ok, I thought maybe I was the only one this happened to"). It was just odd because I had not said a word about it to him and he'd echoed my sentiments. I don't think it was me, because I always have a smile on my face and always say something nice to people when I go into an establishment. I just got the bad seeds I guess. One girl working there couldn't be bothered to finish her conversation w/ the other employee and help me. I stood quietly and didn't say anything. I didn't moan, huff or anything. Finally she looked at me after about 5 minutes and said in a snotty tone "can I help you?" When I ordered she rolled her eyes as if I'd dared to interrupt her conversation wanting to buy something to eat. I had asked for toast and she gave me the two pieces of bread w/o toasting them. I said "um, I'm sorry, but I asked if I could have this toasted." She then sighed and threw it in the toaster. I felt like I should not have even asked. Another couple of times, I'd had similar service experiences which made me say "forget this!" I'd rather go over to the Berkeley Perk because they are nice and they have breads and such from other bakeries, probably including Nashoba's, but I don't get attitude. Plus, their coffee is great (The Perk's).

              1. re: BackBayGirl
                vonwotan Dec 28, 2007 01:30 PM

                Wow. That's awful. If I had the same experience in any place I would certainly take my business elsewhere! There are plenty of good places around these days so the experience is very important. I am trying to learn the patience necessary to bake for myself. I'm becoming quite jaded and find that most restaurants fail to wow me these days. When I have a bit more to blow on the project I am hoping to find a really good kitchen designer to build a kitchen around me - I never seem to have enough counter space or storage... I would really like two ovens...

                1. re: vonwotan
                  BackBayGirl Dec 31, 2007 05:42 AM

                  Well, I won't rule out their Concord location. Maybe I just had bad luck at the S. End one.

                  I hear you with regard to baking. I do love to bake bread. It's very relaxing to me, but you have to have the time to actually do it...and the kitchen space. Living in my apartment in Back Bay, my kitchen space is quite small, but I make do. How I would LOVE a bigger kitchen area to bake.

                2. re: BackBayGirl
                  C. Hamster Jan 2, 2008 08:34 AM

                  I have gotten sandwiches from there many a time and almost always had indifferent and sometimes rude service from the counter help.

                  I stopped going when accomodating a food allergy by omitting cheese from a sandwich became such a "chore" for them.

                  But it is sad to see little neighborhood places like this go away.

              2. re: BackBayGirl
                gyppielou Jan 6, 2008 04:47 PM

                Honestly, I would have given them far more business had the help cared a little more. I had similar experience there. We really liked the turkey sandwich with shredded carrots and wasabi mayo, but three times they were missing an ingredient, and rather than mention that, they just made do with what they had...gave them 3 strikes and they struck out. Too bad, the concept was there, the exocution was off..

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                tlk Jan 2, 2008 09:57 AM

                I live a block from this bakery, and I was very unhappy at the news that it had closed. I have to say that I have never had a negative experience here as so many comments seem to indicate. In fact I recently had the best scone I've ever had at Noshoba. I was up early one Saturday and walked in about 5 minutes after the bakery opened. I had to wait about 10 minutes because they hadn't even had time to put change in the register, but my patience was rewarded with a still-warm, delicious cranberry-orange scone. It was the most buttery scone I've ever had, and the thought of not being able to roll out of bed on a gray Saturday morning for one ever again is distressing.

                I've also never had bad service when stopping by for a sandwich for lunch.

                But the scones.... sigh

                1. j
                  joebelt Jan 3, 2008 07:49 AM

                  Well, now go and discover good bread: B&R or Iggy's. Nashoba Brook is really average quality. Their crust is never crusty, always chewy. The inside always heavy. I don't understand why people even consider their breads. Sorry this French guy can't approve of their breads.

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                  1. re: joebelt
                    steve999 Jan 3, 2008 09:45 AM

                    B & R and Iggy's may be good, but neither work logistically as a lunch spot in the South End.

                    Anyone have a rec. for a curry chicken sandwich nearby?

                    1. re: steve999
                      joebelt Jan 3, 2008 10:17 AM

                      convenience versus quality is an interesting debate, which has served the fast-food industry very well. Frankly, I'd rather find something else to eat than eat an average "French" sandwich if that's the only kind available in my neighborhood. Is there nothing better than an average "French" sandwich in the South End for lunch?

                      1. re: joebelt
                        steve999 Jan 4, 2008 11:39 AM

                        Not they I've found without taking over an hour for lunch.

                        Nashoba made a decent sandwich on sourdough, and they were an easy place to walk to from the Back Bay T. Certainly much better than fast-food, which is pretty much the only other options here near work, unless you want table service.

                      2. re: steve999
                        yumyum Jan 4, 2008 01:38 PM

                        The sandwiches at Flour are very good. The chicken salad isn't curried, but is fresh and interesting with avocado and jicama.

                        Does the South End Formaggio do lunch sandwiches like they do at the mother ship?

                        1. re: yumyum
                          MC Slim JB Jan 6, 2008 07:14 AM

                          South End Formaggio does indeed do sandwiches and several other prepared foods (vegetable sides, salads, roast meats, etc.). I think their license requires everything to be made in advance daily, so nothing is made to order. They're expensive, but use top-quality ingredients (many Sel de la Terre breads, for one), and are very handy for a quick lunch if the line for the back counter (cheese, salumi, charcuterie, prepared foods) isn't too long -- which it generally isn't on weekdays.

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                      Valyn Jan 4, 2008 06:00 PM

                      I go to the bakery in West Concord at least twice a week and the service, while quick, has got some attitude to it. It's true they don't all seem to understand it's the customers who pay their salaries. But it's worth it to have fresh bread cooked locally; out here, we don't have too many options.

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                      1. re: Valyn
                        jonesg Jan 6, 2008 04:07 AM

                        I met the owners of Nashoba brook yrs ago, just after they opened and genuine nice folk , if the help has an attitude its just someone not having a finger on the pulse. It takes a certain breed of character to work a counter and stay cheerfull , I'm not of that type at all. But I was always careful to hire people completely unlike me when I ran my bakery.

                        Lost our lease is just code to me for "rents are too high".

                        1. re: Valyn
                          joebelt Jan 7, 2008 04:51 AM


                          Why not go to the Cheese Shop? They carry both Iggy's Bread of the World and B&R breads. Both of which are far superior in quality than Nashoba and their staff is sweeter than candy.

                          1. re: joebelt
                            JNice Jan 8, 2008 08:34 PM

                            Sounds good...where is Cheese Shop located?

                            1. re: JNice
                              joebelt Jan 9, 2008 04:51 AM

                              It's on Walden Street in Concord Center, pretty much across from the Post Office.

                              1. re: joebelt
                                JNice Jan 11, 2008 05:11 PM

                                I'm looking for a Nashoba substitution in the South End. Any ideas?

                                1. re: JNice
                                  lissy Jan 12, 2008 06:26 AM

                                  For bakery items or sandwiches? I sometimes go to the Buttery for sandwiches which are good. For bread, Lionette's has some good choices as does South End Formaggio.

                                  1. re: JNice
                                    patiofixture Jan 14, 2008 08:28 AM

                                    If you're just looking for bread - Foodie's Urban Market brings in fresh bread each morning just like Nashoba Brook Valley Bakery did. In fact, I think that Foodie's sources are closer to the South End.

                                    If you're looking for some cafe items with indifferent service, Francesca's might be the place. A few notches up on the food and price spectrum and down on the service spectrum is the South End Buttery.

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                            msbreakfast Jan 17, 2008 09:52 AM

                            We are devastated by the loss of this outlet for the best unsliced bread available. When you make great toast you need a slightly bigger slice than the machine slicers make. Nashoba's harvest bread is so good for toast that some of our B&B guests sent their friends from Maine who asked for harvest bread toast. As for the service at the cafe I sympathize with those who have careless service anywhere. I found Nashoba to have lots of turnover and the service was sometimes warm and friendly sometimes less so. But the bread was more than worth it. Did anyone let management know that they had bad experiences? It turns out that business was great there and it was the landlord who just didn't want a bakery there anymore. This is a real loss. The scones were absolutely the best I have ever tasted. Did you try the chicken curry in to-go containers? It was wonderful.

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                            1. re: msbreakfast
                              galleygirl Jan 17, 2008 10:00 AM

                              When Pig's Fly does a Harvest bread that is easily the equal, and size, of Nashoba Brook.

                              1. re: galleygirl
                                msbreakfast Jan 17, 2008 10:36 AM

                                Sorry, I have tried When Pig's Fly and it won't do at all. Nashoba's harvest bread has cranberries, nuts, figs.

                                1. re: msbreakfast
                                  galleygirl Jan 17, 2008 10:38 AM

                                  Really? I find it muchmoister. A better bread is Iggy's cranberry/pecan,but I'm not sure that comes larger thana Pullman loaf. You'd have to check at the mothership....

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                              IHeartAsparagus Feb 22, 2008 10:55 AM

                              Didn't the sign indicate they would reopen once they found a new space? Any word on whether that is going to happen?

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                              1. re: IHeartAsparagus
                                JNice Mar 8, 2008 02:25 PM

                                I haven't heard anything else lately. However, it is a bit odd that they had to close the place down b/c the landlord wouldn't allow a cafe but another cafe is taking over that spot...

                              2. q
                                qwertyu Mar 8, 2008 04:41 PM

                                If anyone's looking for just the breads, they sell a fairly large variety of them at Russo's

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