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May 13, 2008 05:07 AM

Where to get good baguettes?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: dolores

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

      1. re: roxlet

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

        Let us know, okay?

        1. re: dolores

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

          1. re: roxlet

            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."

            1. re: roxlet

              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

                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!

    2. 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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      1. re: Muffin

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

        1. re: roxlet

          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!

          1. re: MikiLovesSugar

            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.

            1. re: MikiLovesSugar

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

        2. 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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          1. re: Matteaucubed

            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?

            1. re: roxlet

              Address below.

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

              Beldotti Bakeries
              605 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT

              1. re: adamclyde


                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. 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.

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

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