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Jan 21, 2008 10:21 AM

Good Bread ..hard to find

Many of the places I frequent give bread with your meal ,but the quaility is often poor ..I had a friend the was in the bussiness .He started as a chef @ the Manor in West Orange ..He later had a spot in Myrtle Beach .The Bread he severed was shipped in via truck from New York .Chef Ross said if the bread is going to be a part of a meal make it the Best you can offer ..It worked for him..
I like the thick crusted bread .. I will go out of my way to find good sides and excelent bread . Am I going over board or do you agree .. What are your thought ...Who has the BEST bread

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  1. I agree that excellent bread adds to my enjoyment of a meal. Sometimes, if the bread is so good, I have to stop myself from eating too much of it in order not to spoil my appetite for the rest of the meal. One of my restaurant peeves is the serving of oil for dipping. Feh! Give me butter!!! lol

    As for which restaurants are providing the best bread, when I posted the other day about our dinner at Table, I mentioned that the bread was delicious. (We did have to ask for butter.) The bread at Nicholas is first-rate, and it's served with butter! :-))

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    1. re: RGR

      I love flavored oils RGR, but, I do not know of any place that would not provide butter upon request!

      1. re: shorebilly

        No butter or oil served with bread at Spirito's (Elizabeth, NJ) just parm cheese. No exceptions :) I've had more than one waitress give me the eye, until I learned the rules.

        1. re: shorebilly

          True, shorebilly. In just about all cases, our request has been met though sometimes, when butter isn't normally provided, the quality leaves something to be desired. However, there is one restaurant in NYC we frequent where butter is not available. It's also the one place we don't mind not having it because the "dip" for the very good bread is reminiscent of a pesto sauce. Delish!

        2. re: RGR

          I think Balthazar supplies them (Table )?

          1. re: piney

            thanks for the tip ..Many years ago there was a little Bakery down from the Rail road station in Summit ..They had the best bread ,rolls and crumb buns ..Does anybody reminer it .I know it must be gone by now ..

            1. re: big1515

              do not recall the name but there is a "natural" grocery store in princeton with excellent bread. not a whole foods and seems like an indie store. extremely nice people work there. we always make it a point to go there even if we are just in the vicinity. on the other hand, with a stone for youor oven, decent knowledge, patience and "amy's bread", you can make great bread at home.

              1. re: chefMD

                We haven't been to Princeton in a long time, but the last time we were there, I recall stopping into an independently-owned bakery to see what they had. I think it was called the Witherspoon Bread Co.

                1. re: RGR

                  With Didier Rosada, former chief baking instructor at the San Francisco Baking Institute behind it,I think you would be hard pressed to find better in NJ.I believe he acted as consultant during the early days.

                  1. re: xny556cip

                    Yes ,Witherspoon Bread co. is the place I had in is an excellent report on them.


                2. re: chefMD

                  the name of the place in princeton is whole earth foods on nassau street.... very good bread. by the way, ecco panis is like la brea bread, par baked and delivered frozen to finish on premise. both very good products and used at better gocery stores all over, i.e. weggmans and whole foods, have even seen some of the la brea stuff at shop rites.

                  1. re: chefMD

                    At Pathmark, Ecce Panis always comes in an E.P. bag. I've never seen any at Wegmans.

                    1. re: RGR

                      i could be mistaken. i do not believe that they(wegmans) make their own breads, most of them anyway. its very commonplace to use these products.

                      1. re: chefMD

                        ChefMD is right. Most of these supermarkets are using either ecce panis or ChefMD's favorite La Brea

                        1. re: NJDolfan

                          Wegmans touts the fact that they bake their own bread. So, are you saying they're using Ecce Panis and passing them off as their own?

                          1. re: RGR

                            rgr, i am simply stating that many supermarkets "bake" bread that is what we call "pre-fab". i am almost 100% sure the last time i was at wegmans, i saw la brea bread co. stuff there and bought it elsewhere. as far as the others ones, i could not be 100%. however, it is widely accepted. its kinda like saying "all natural" or "fresh", there are many interpitations. the store in princeton i know makes and bakes their own, as you can talk to the people who made it. unfortunately, like many other crafts, it is becoming a dying breed. sad really....... i would ask next time you go if they actually produce all those breads on site. for the record, their stuff (wegmans) always very high quality and very good.

                            1. re: chefMD

                              If I recall correctly, Wegman's does have a huge oven in their bread section, so I would guess they bake their own. Unless the oven is just for show.

                              1. re: joonjoon

                                is there a HUGE mixer there as well ???

                                1. re: chefMD

                                  Wegman's makes a big deal about bread and the fact that they build a wood fired brick oven in each of their stores. They seem to have different varieties of bread than EP and La brea make for other stores. I suspect that they make up the dough in Rochester and ship it to their stores. I used to live close to Callandra's on Bloomfield Ave in Newark. Excellent dense Italian bread. I've bought it recently at Marrazzo's in Robbinsville

                                  1. re: carl555

                                    all the callandra's i've had has been very good, forgot that one

                                    1. re: carl555

                                      From what I've seen at the Manalapan Wegmans, I think you are right that they don't prepared the bread dough on the premises. But when they receive it from wherever it is prepared, they do bake it there.

                                      I buy Calandra's freshly baked Italian and French breads regularly (but not their pacckaged breads), and they are, indeed, excellent. In my area, Foodtown, ShopRite, and Pathmark carry them.

              2. Gina's Panificio in Montclair has amazing bread. Many of the Montclair Restaurants buy their bread from Gina's. They are also famous for their buttercream cakes, and pies. I particularly like their key lime pie. They also make fresh croissants that rival the ones I've had in Paris.


                1. Nino's in Monmouth County.

                  Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck.

                  3 Replies
                  1. re: yankeefan

                    Delicious Orchards' breads have never appealed much to me. They always seemed kind of bland.

                    1. re: RGR

                      really? their onion bread is my all time favorite. oddly enough, the wheat makes an absolute killer reuben with the turkey pastrami they have.

                      try the muffin bread for french toast also.

                      1. re: yankeefan

                        I've not tried to items you've mentioned, so maybe they're better than what I've tried in the past. However, I prefer rye for my Reubens and challah for my French toast.

                  2. Hands down, Moonstruck in Asbury Park has the best bread/rolls. They get it from a bakery in Newark (I'm pretty sure it is Viera's) that also supplies a few of the local grocery stores (Foodtown in West Long Branch I believe). I think they get the frozen parbaked, because they come to the table warm, crusty and tasty. They also happen to have the best caesar salad in the area, although that is cleary off topic...