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Really really good french bread?

beauxgoris Jan 14, 2008 08:26 AM

Where can I find a really good authentic french baguette? (to purchase to go) I'll drive anywhere if it's the real deal!

  1. ktmoomau Jan 14, 2008 10:09 AM

    Pastries by Randolph in NOVA has great french pastries. I can't remember their baquettes per se, but it is where I have found the closest croissants to authentic croissants.

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    1. re: ktmoomau
      ballston01 Jan 14, 2008 12:26 PM

      I can testify that the baguettes at Pastries by Randolph are excellent.

      Pastries By Randolph
      4500 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA

      1. re: ballston01
        alkapal Jan 14, 2008 01:36 PM

        go next door to arrowine and get the baguette from firehook bakery (by the cheese counter).

      2. re: ktmoomau
        DC Taco Jan 14, 2008 01:17 PM

        Even though I hit up PbR frequently for pastries, I've never had their baguettes. A few stores up, though, is Parisien Express, which has phenomenal baguettes.

      3. monavano Jan 14, 2008 10:35 AM

        The baguette's at Firehook are very good. I bought a baguette at Atwaters (Dupont Market) and it was dissappointing comparatively. The Paisan (I believe) is sold at area Whole Foods too. No needs to go far away!


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        1. re: monavano
          beauxgoris Jan 14, 2008 10:38 AM

          Is "paisan" a brand that makes baguettes? I'll check out whole foods today to see if they have them.

          1. re: beauxgoris
            monavano Jan 14, 2008 10:41 AM

            Fireook makes what's called a Paisan loaf- a baguette. In the bread/bakery section at Whole Foods and of course area location of Firehook.

            1. re: monavano
              beauxgoris Jan 14, 2008 10:41 AM

              ^^Gotcha. Thank you!

              1. re: beauxgoris
                beauxgoris Jan 14, 2008 01:16 PM

                Darn they didn't have it.

                Keep those suggestions coming!!

          2. re: monavano
            SouthShore Jan 14, 2008 02:53 PM

            Plus, at Firehook, all the breads are reduced in price after 5 pm! I think the $4 become $2, not sure about the baguettes though.

          3. alkapal Jan 14, 2008 01:39 PM

            while it is not firehook, i have found that harris teeter has a pretty darn good bakery for breads. their baguette is more than serviceable: crusty exterior, soft interior (if a little on the large side). excellent with that nice lurpak butter sold nearby!

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            1. re: alkapal
              monavano Jan 14, 2008 02:50 PM

              HT breads are fantastic! I recently received a chocolate cherry loaf from my (very nice) neighbor and it was sooooo good. I have to go back for another...

              1. re: monavano
                alkapal Jan 14, 2008 03:14 PM

                monavano, also try the cranberry walnut bread! dense, just a wee bit sweet, with nicely acidic (but not too tart) cranberry pieces and large, savory, and fresh walnut pieces. toasted.....mmmmmm mmmm good! sinful with unsweetened butter!

                1. re: alkapal
                  Marissa Jan 15, 2008 04:46 PM

                  Breadline-- on Penn and 19th or 20th, forget which -- they also sell their bread at Cowgirl Cheeses on F Street.

                  1. re: Marissa
                    MakingSense Jan 15, 2008 07:46 PM

                    Does Breadline do its own bread or still use Marvelous Market product? They were both started by Furstenberg although he's sold his interest in both. Looks the same.

                    1. re: Marissa
                      dan f. Jan 17, 2008 01:31 PM

                      Breadline's on Penn between 17th and 18th. BL and Marvelous Market are the two best in the area . . . crusty exterior and fine, flavorful/breadlike interior. Both are the real deal. BL also available at Snider's in Silve Spring.

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                hamster Jan 17, 2008 11:47 AM

                Bonaparte sells incredible bread as well as pastries. They sell at the Dupont farmers market and perhaps other farmers markets around town...not sure if it's available in the winter though...

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                1. re: hamster
                  kristinky Feb 5, 2008 04:29 PM

                  Bonaparte's bread is great! I used to work there so I might be a bit partial, but it was a great introduction to great bread.

                  They have a location in Savage, MD (where they make the bread) and a location in Baltimore in Fells Point (where they make the pastries!).

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