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Mar 29, 2008 10:43 AM

challah or brioche in msp

I need one or the other for a baked french toast recipe I'm making tonight for a brunch tomorrow. Who makes good versions of these around these parts? I'm in south Minneapolis.

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  1. I would go to Rustica. I have not had their brioche, but I think people rave about the bostock which I believe is based on it.

    1. Try Rustica and Breadsmith for challah (Rustica may have brioche as well). They are good versions. Lund's and Byerly's have decent versions of challah in a pinch. Turtle Bread probably has good brioche, but their challah is way too crusty for my taste. Fishman's is the best, for future reference, but they are not open today as it's Shabbat.

      Rustica Bakery
      816 W 46th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419

      3939 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55424

      Fishman's Delicatessen and Bakery
      4100 Minnetonka Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

      Turtle Bread Co.
      4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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      1. re: cheeseguysgirl

        I was just looking at Rustica's website and they sell their egg bread on Fridays and Sundays. I'm not sure if they'd have a good replacement today.

        1. re: katebauer

          Yeah, most of the places around here make their best challah on Friday, for Shabbat. Brioche might be a better bet today.

          1. re: cheeseguysgirl

            I have gotten Challah from Yum! in St. Louis Park on a Saturday. It's pretty good and would be totally fine in french toast. If you're closer to Lunds or Kowalski's though, I'm not sure it's worth the trip.

      2. I've had good Challah at Breadsmith in St Paul. You can call and reserve a loaf if needed - sometimes they sell out.

        1. Thanks, everyone! I bought brioche at Turtle Bread on Chicago and can report back that it is lovely!