What are your opinions of the best baguette in the Boston area? I just returned from a trip to Montréal, where I fell in love with the 36-hour baguette from Au Pain Doré, and have decided that I need to go on a quest for delicious crusty and chewy goodness!
Clear Flour has been my favorite for awhile now.
Clear Flour Bread Bakery
178 Thorndike St, Brookline, MA 02446
Clearflour! Sometimes they don't even make it all the way home, love to just eat them straight. Iggy's ain't bad. Waiting to try B&R.....
We like Clear Flour a lot, and prefer it by a nose to B&R.
Echoing finlero, Iggy's is a respectable--but in my view, somewhat distant--second.
That said, there are some other worthy bakeries where we have not yet tried the baguettes (though have tried other things): Annarosa in Newburyport very likely has awesome baguettes; A&J King in Salem; and Fornax in Roslindale. Actually, there's a good likelihood that any or all of those would beat out iggy's.
If you are stuck with Iggy's, I'd go for the Francese myself.
p.s. this is not to be harsh on Iggy's. Rather, it's a reflection of the Boston areas strength in bakeries.