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.
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).
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.
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