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Right In The Breadbasket

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alfie Aug 1, 2008 05:59 AM

One thing I love is a good breadbasket. Sadly it is becoming harder and harder to find restaurants that take the time and make the effort to come up with a diverse tasty,tempting basket.

Even fancier restaurants now are planting down a a few dry pieces of bread with a bit of oil and alot of places including some better chains give you nothing at all.

I was wondering if anyone has places where they serve great bread as a starter. I was at the Miller Tavern and while the meal generally was meh and way overpriced, I have to say I was impressed with the basket.

Any other suggestions?

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  1. pescatarian RE: alfie Aug 1, 2008 06:22 AM

    I really enjoyed the bread basket at Gio Ranna's on Queen East at Leslie. I had to force myself to stop eating too much. I can't remember exactly was in there, but there were different types and they were warm and crusty, etc.

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      millygirl RE: pescatarian Aug 2, 2008 10:42 AM

      Oh yeah, Gio's bread basket is wonderful. Especially with the balsamic vinegar and oil they serve along side. Don't know how they manage it, but it always tastes way better than when I do it at home.

    2. spades RE: alfie Aug 1, 2008 06:32 AM

      At Perigee, they have an excellent bread basket for you to select from with all kinds of goodies. I remember 4-5 different types of breads and buns. However, they do not leave it at the table... which is probably a good thing. The last place you want to overstuff yourself with bread is Perigee.

      1. Marimba RE: alfie Aug 1, 2008 07:03 AM

        I love Thuet's bread basket...Yummm...Marimba!

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          robbka RE: alfie Aug 1, 2008 08:15 AM

          5 Doors North has an amazing herbed bread. We liked it so much they gave us an extra loaf to take home. Jo Mama's serves corn bread muffins with a nice dill infused butter. The food was average but the bread was excellent.

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            LTL RE: alfie Aug 2, 2008 10:50 AM

            I loved the bread at Grace - warm, crispy on the outside but soft in the middle.

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              millygirl RE: alfie Aug 2, 2008 12:50 PM

              Mistura has a fabulous bread basket which includes these wonderful home made cheese sticks. To die for!!!

              1. red dragon RE: alfie Aug 2, 2008 02:02 PM

                We personally like the hot bread that is served at Alice Fazooli's (there is olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the table). It's one of our favorite restaurants, although the quantity and pricing isn't all that great. (Then again, we have huge appetites). I think it's a sourdough bread, but I can't be sure as they changed it from before. Hope this helps.

                1. TorontoJo RE: alfie Aug 3, 2008 06:37 AM

                  Sapori Trattoria on Yonge (north of Lawrence) serves a warm, crusty loaf of bread with a roasted garlic and herb-infused olive oil poured over it. There are usually 5 or 6 cloves of roasted garlic, which you can spread on the bread. It may be heavy on the oil for some people, but it's quite the treat once in a while.

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