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Semifreddi's Bread in Nob Hill Area

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mizuhito Mar 1, 2009 07:32 AM

Hi, I just moved to Nob Hill. Given that Semifreddi's bread is absolutely the best in the Bay Area, no argument whatsoever, could someone please help me find a store that sells it nearby? Certainly, I'd be willing to travel several miles to buy this fine product but it would be nice if it were close. Markets, groceries, etc. TIA!

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  1. gourmandadventurer RE: mizuhito Mar 1, 2009 03:16 PM

    Cheese Plus could have it although that's Nob Hill adjacent. It might be fastest to call Semifreddi to find out. :)

    1. Windy RE: mizuhito Mar 1, 2009 04:05 PM

      Have you checked Cala on California? Otherwise Whole Foods up the block has a huge bread selection.

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        mizuhito RE: Windy Mar 3, 2009 07:44 PM

        By chance I discovered Cala earlier this evening, and you're right - they have a nice selection. The Odessa rye is one of my favorites but I didn't see that they had it. Also, their (SF's) morning buns are fabulous and by 6pm certainly they'd be gone. Thanks so much for the tip! mzht

      2. wolfe RE: mizuhito Mar 1, 2009 04:25 PM

        Having trouble accepting your opening premise.

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          PorkButt RE: wolfe Mar 3, 2009 09:11 PM

          Agreed. I could go buy directly from the original bakery but haven't bothered to.

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            eatzalot RE: wolfe Mar 4, 2009 07:35 AM

            Wolfe: "Having trouble accepting your opening premise." Same here. For a little context, Semifreddi's arose as a competitor or indirect spin-off of Acme. Acme is described elsewhere as the origin of the modern US artisanal bread movement and began early 1980s, supplying Chez Panisse. Acme in turn was a higher-volume operation whose baguettes approximated the much earlier and quantity-limited baguettes at Berkeley's Cheese Board, described a few years ago by one very well-traveled Stanford professor as equal or better to any he'd had in France. I wonder what's mizuhito's opinion of the breads from Acme and Cheese Board that resemble types sold by Semifreddi.

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            Acme Bread
            1601 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

            The Cheese Board Collective
            1504 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

            Semifreddi's
            3084 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA

            Scharffen Berger
            1 Ferry, Building San Francisco, CA

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            carfeng RE: mizuhito Mar 4, 2009 10:12 AM

            Check out Le Beau Market (Clay & Leavenworth). When I lived in the area, I used to go there for bread, etc., but can't remember if they carried Semifreddi's or Acme, or whatever.

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              carfeng RE: mizuhito Mar 4, 2009 10:13 AM

              Sorry, the link:

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              Le Beau Nob Hill Market
              1263 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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