Rye Bread in San Francisco
I have what appears to be really great pastrami and sauerkraut in my fridge (thanks kmanlove!)
But alas, no rye bread. Where can I get great rye in San Francisco?
I read on other posts about Anna's. Face validity: I don't trust any rye that has a name other than "the rye you get at XXX bakery"
Here's what I'm looking for (caveat: I've never described rye bread before so it might be a little touch and go)
- not a dark rye
- crunchy crust BUT also soft crumb
- reminds you of being at home in New York where you don't have to seek out a bakery with rye bread
- you wouldn't be ashamed to feed it to some Ashkenazi grandma with a touch of schmaltz
Kmanlove, have any additions to our description?
Metropolis Baking Co.'s New York Style Rye is the best I've had since I left Brooklyn. It has both caraway and 'black cumin' which is nigella or sometimes called onion seeds. The textures are good; substantial crust and a moist-but-not-soggy interior. Their web site http://www.metropolisbaking.com/ includes a list of retail outlets in S.F. as well as elsewhere in the Bay Area.
I like the corn rye from Acme. I don't think I've seen it except at the bakery and they only make it on a certain day of the week. Or maybe they stopped making it.
re: Steve Green
About 10-15 yrs ago I had a sandwich on rye at Max's in Stanford Shopping Center. The rye was as Steve Green describes -- crunchy crust, soft inside. It was good enough that I asked if they sold loaves of the bread and was told yes, for $6.00 a loaf. It was too rich for my blood but it was definitely great bread.
Hopefully, they still make it the same way.