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Apr 21, 2009 08:24 PM

Best non-Acme Bay Area bread?

Oh - I suppose I also mean "best non-Tartine bread' as well. I will be in the Bay Area (SF and Berkeley) in a couple of weeks, and I want to know what locals consider to be the best bread in the area. I'll go anywhere to find it.

Also - does any bakery in the area make a dense, square Scandinavian-style whole grain bread? I keep thinking I bought it at Tartine in the past, but I may be hallucinating.

Thanks for the help.

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  1. I'm partial to Artisan and Panorama.
    Available at many local stores including Bi-Rite (SF), Rainbow (SF), Piedmont Grocery (Oakland), and Berkeley Bowl (duh).
    Available at Alemany Farmers Market (SF) and Grand Lake Farmers Market (Oakland).

    1. The Meyer Lemon/Rosemary bread from Della Fattoria is my fave...... a bit smoky from the wood fire, rich & moist from olive oil, a nice crust and not too heavy on the rosemary. I believe they are at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market. We usually get this up in Petaluma when we visit friends.

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      1. re: gordon wing

        I second that. Definitely my favorite after Tartine's standard loaf.

        1. re: farmersdaughter

          I'll toss my hat in the ring for Della Fattoria!

      2. I'm curious why if you "want to know what locals consider to be the best bread in the area" you are eliminating the two prime contenders.

        But since you are, I'll put in a vote for Feel Good Bakery in Alameda. I love their French baguettes (lighter and crisper than the heavy, chewy Acme style), their Wholly Moley, their old world miche (the baker is a Paris-trained "maitre boulanger"), their crankin (cranberry and pumpkin seeds) and their currant walnut.

        Feel Good Bakery
        1650 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Their jalapeno cheese breadsticks are pretty tasty too, though sadly not as spicy as they once were.

        2. Not Scandinavian but similar perhaps are the breads from OctoberFeast at farmers markets and at the store in Berkeley.

          OctoberFeast Bakery
          1954 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

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          1. re: wolfe

            Yes, their breads. Anna's Daughter's rye is available at Boulettes Larder, that place in Point Reyes where Cowgirl Creamery is and in Marshall. It is very Scandinavian.

            1. re: wally

              Anna's Daughter is a dense, square loaf. I think they sell Anna's Daughter at the Brickmaiden booth at the Berkeley Tuesday farmers market.

              Acme makes a similar one sometimes, I've seen it only at the Berkeley bakery.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                I have also seen Anna's Daughter's at Berkeley Bowl but it never seems regular.

          2. Metropolis Baking Company's "Pane de Altamura" has a high percentage of durum flour and a lovely golden color. Sold at markets throughout the Bay Area.

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            1. re: anyhow

              yes!...thank you for that..could not think of the name of the co....i love the altamura