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Where to get good baguettes?

roxlet May 13, 2008 05:07 AM

We are looking for a source for good baguettes -- real baguettes, not ficelle and not those cottony ones that they pass off as baguettes at places like Stew Leonards. We want the kind with the shattering crust and an inside that has a little bite but not as chewy as a ficelle. Any suggestions in lower Westchester?

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    dolores May 13, 2008 06:24 AM

    Kneaded Bread in Portchester would be my recommendation. While there, get their double chocolate muffins, donuts (weekends only), and almond croissants (same as donuts, they run out early), they are the best in the county. Although I haven't yet gotten to Lulu's.

    The service stinks at The Bread Factory in New Rochelle, but they are another source.

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      roxlet May 13, 2008 09:52 AM

      dolores I was up there today and bought a couple of loaves. Hope they're as good as they look & smell!!

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        dolores May 13, 2008 09:59 AM

        Kneaded Bread? Based on the items I mentioned (I don't 'do' bread), I would hope they are.

        Let us know, okay?

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          roxlet May 13, 2008 10:47 AM

          Sorry, yes, Kneaded Bread. Yes, I try not to "do" bread too (I'm not always successful), so these are for my husband.

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            roxlet May 14, 2008 05:19 AM

            The report on the Kneaded Bread baguettes is just so-so. According to my husband (who once spent a summer working at Poilaine in Paris and knows from bread) the loaves were under-salted and just OK. They were what he described as a "typical."
            Onward...

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              adamclyde May 15, 2008 07:21 AM

              I absolutely love the Kneaded Bread. That said, I do agree that their baguettes aren't superb. Much better than stuff you get in supermarkets or places like Stews (which can hardly be called baguettes, except for the shape), but not the superlative baguette I dream about.

              Now, talking about their other breads... they are absolutely wonderful. You'd be very hard pressed to find anything superior to most of their other breads anywhere in the tristate - manhattan included.

              1. re: adamclyde
                roxlet May 15, 2008 09:25 AM

                Well, I agree with that -- so far all the other bread we have tried from there has been excellent. Once my kitchen renovation is complete, maybe I should begin experimenting with baguette-making!

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      Muffin May 13, 2008 10:44 AM

      There's a little grocery store on Garth Road in Scarsdale where they sell Balthazar baguette and several kinds of Eli's bread. The baguette is not shattering crusty, but
      then again, you can never get a really crusty Balthaza baguette even if you are in Manhattan. But the taste is excellent. The store gets bread delivered everyday, so
      the breads are fresh.

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        roxlet May 13, 2008 10:47 AM

        Where on Garth Road is that? You're not talking about Balducci are you?

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          MikiLovesSugar May 13, 2008 10:59 AM

          Its called Fresh and Natural! Its my go to grocery store for fruits and vegetables... they are so good! I have not bought any of their balthazaar stuff but they do carry them!

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            marcia2 May 13, 2008 12:08 PM

            I think the baguette's at June & Ho's in downtown Rye are far and away the best baguette's I've had in the area.

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              roxlet May 15, 2008 01:20 PM

              I went there today and bought a baguette. It's definitely more in the ball park, IMO...

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          Matteaucubed May 15, 2008 06:19 AM

          Believe it or not the little bakery in the Newfield shopping center in Stamford, Beldoti Bakery, makes an outstanding french baguette. Make sure you specify to the girls behind th counter that you want a french baguette, because they often confuse them with the italian cousin with the softer crust. Also note that they usually run out of the french baguettes by 2pm or so.

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            roxlet May 15, 2008 06:41 AM

            I am not that familiar with Stamford -- where is Newfield Shopping center? I'm actually headed to High Ridge Road right now! Is it near there?

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              adamclyde May 15, 2008 07:22 AM

              Address below.

              Matteaucubed - this is a great tip! thank you. I'll have to check it out.

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              Beldotti Bakeries
              605 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT

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                jfood May 15, 2008 09:46 AM

                A

                Beldottis is a great little bakery. in fact they are the really good bread people at the new canaan farmer's market (thank you amanda).

          2. jfood May 15, 2008 06:30 AM

            not in lower westchester, but only a couple of towns north off I-95 is SONO Bake Shoppe. Their breads are outstanding and jfood has to believe that the baguettes are very good.

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              Hilary May 15, 2008 01:18 PM

              Who doesn't love baguettes?! Anyone know of a place on Long Island worthy of their baguettes? Nassau county preferably.

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                ammel_99 May 15, 2008 01:58 PM

                Fairway's Baguettes are good.

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                debmom May 15, 2008 03:53 PM

                Have you tried the Patisserie in Rye (next to Frankie and Johnnies)? I haven't been in a long time but they used to have very good stuff.

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