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good bread bakery in central NJ (monmouth cty)

Hi all-

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a good old school bakery that bakes delicious bread (round breads, french bread etc.). I'm hoping to find an independently owned, non-chain or grocery store bakery. Do they exist anymore??

I watched a show about bread yesterday and they had a story about the Crown Point Bakery in Crown Point, NY http://www.crownpointbread.net/main.php. That's what inspired my new quest for delicious bread :

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The closer to Red Bank, the better, but I'd be up for a drive too.

--kristin

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  1. It would be a drive from Red Bank but the best I have found is Joe Leone's on Richmond Ave. Point Pleasant Beach.

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    1. re: shorebilly

      Is this on Richmond Avenue or Rt 35 (or are they one and the same)? Any other comments on Joe Leone's bread? Short of driving to Hoboken, we have found it pretty difficult to find decent bread/rolls in Monmouth (Belmar). PP would be an easy drive.

        1. re: shorebilly

          Ok, got it. I've probably driven by this place dozens of times. I am going to give it a shot this weekend. I've been pretty disappointed by the bread available where I am (Belmar). Friedmans certainly isn't the answer. The Foodtown on 35 somtimes has some pretty decent stuff, but it's hit or miss).

          1. re: bnemes3343

            The bakery on Main Street in Bradley Beach (names escapes me - Del Pontes, maybe) makes pretty good bread. They bake themselves everyday. Joe Leone's bread comes from an outside bakery, I understand.

        2. re: bnemes3343

          Sorry I cannot help with a recommendation for a specific bakery for bread, but I feel I must comment on Joe Leone's......if it is the best the area has to offer, I feel sad for all of you in Monmouth. I've been there twice for sandwiches and my brother had an expensive catered affair for his home done by Joe Leone's. The place would have a hard time surviving in Bergen County.

          My suggestion is to see if there are any Northern New Jersey Bakeries that supply the supermarkets. Johnson Avenue Bakery out of the Plainfield area is pretty good. any Bakery out of Newark/Harrison is good. If you can find Americo's Bakery products, they have some nice breads....a recent thread on fish revealed there is an Asian market in Middletown...Here in NNJ, Americo's serves many of the Asian Markets and they have excellent breads...but not Panellas/Rounds. Shop Rite markets in Northern NJ offer Valente Bakery Breads which are all excellent...Semolina, Italian, Prosciuotto and Panellas.

          Stick any of these in the oven and you have great breads from independent bakers.

      1. Too weird! I just logged on to ask the very same question (just because I'm craving bread and don't feel like driving to north Jersey or Manhattan to get some) except that I'm in Point Pleasant and was going to ask it about Ocean County as well as Monmouth.
        Are Atlanta Bread or Wegman's my only local options??

        1. Have you tried Zebu's in Red Bank or Holmdel? They have some great breads.

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          1. re: NoraG

            I was going to suggest Zebus. IMHO their breads are not great. IMO they are "good enough" in an area that seems to be lacking in good bakeries. (Sorry, I'm a bread snob :-)

            My favorite thing about Zebus is the comfortable seating and atmosphere, particularly in Red Bank.

            1. re: val ann c

              that's my feeling exactly, the bread is OK but not really good bakery fresh quality :) It is a nice place to meet with friends for coffee (and a delicious cookie!) though

              1. re: val ann c

                Hey val ann.......I'm new here so please excuse my ignorance but, what does IMO and IMHO mean?

                1. re: sunsetterdottie

                  They are commonly-used chat/text message abbreviations for "in my opinion" and "in my humble opinion."

                  1. re: RGR

                    Ahhh..........yes, of course. Can you tell I am not part of the text generation? I was wracking my brain trying to come up with what it stood for. Thanks for filling me in. I feel soooooooooooo over 30......and I'm being kind to myself there. LOL (that's one I know)

                    1. re: sunsetterdottie

                      Well, it actually took me forever to figure out what LOL meant! LOL! And then there was ISO, which had me totally stumped. (In case you don't know, it's "In search of.") I finally resorted to an on-line "net lingo" dictionary. There are many, and they're an excellent resource for acronyms, smileys, etc.

                      1. re: sunsetterdottie

                        sunsetterdottie,
                        Welcome to the group! I too am well over 30.

                        1. re: val ann c

                          Thanks! Glad I found the site.......pretty addictive and a great reference tool to use before we make our choices on the weekends.

              2. Saloman's, in Manalapan, is an independently-owned Jewish-style bakery. I occasionally buy challah or rye bread there, both of which are excellent.

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                1. re: RGR

                  Where in Manalapan, RGR? I usually get my challah from Brooklyn. I buy an extra one for french toast the next morning. Soooooooo good

                  1. re: Babs16

                    Oops! I spelled it wrong. Salomon's is in the Foodtown shopping strip, on Route 9 South & Tennent Road.

                2. Dearborn Farms in Holmdel, on Rt. 35, has a large selection of breads. They are delivered daily from bakeries in New York, and from northern NJ.

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                  1. re: DrewBB

                    I second that DrewBB.I paticularly like the Sourdough Boule.In fact I would say that they are my favorite one stop food store all around.The vegetables are always fresh,plentiful,varied and well priced.

                    1. re: xny556cip

                      I like the raisin-nut dinner rolls or loaf, although I don't remember the exact bakery, I believe it is from Staten Island.