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DFW - Best Multigrain or Wholegrain Bread

pschweizer Aug 11, 2009 10:50 AM

Where does one go for retail purchase of the best wholegrain and/or multigrain breads in the Dallas area. I am in East Dallas, but willing to travel a reasonable distance for breads (or similar complex carbs - loaves, bagels, rolls, muffins, etc.) that have good flavor, texture, and nutritional profile.

I thoroughly enjoy the "Seeduction bread" (and rolls) at WFM, as well as the "Mockingbird Bread" at Empire Baking Co. and the multigrain bread at Roys in Preston-Royal - but none of them has nutritional info., and I have heard, for example, that the Mockingbird Bread is very high in non-complex carbs, like honey.

Anyway, just looking for ideas and leads. Thanks!

  1. twinwillow Aug 11, 2009 11:25 AM

    Not "fresh baked" but my bread of choice is, Ezikiel's "Bran For Life". Organic whole grain bread packing 5 grams of fiber in each slice.
    Available (frozen) at Whole Foods, Central Market, Roy's Nutrition and Newflower Market. Possibly, Sprout's as well.

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    1. re: twinwillow
      stricken Aug 31, 2009 02:55 AM

      Ezikiels rocks!

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      Jaymes Aug 11, 2009 11:38 AM

      Also not "fresh baked," but the favorite in our family is Oroweat Health Nut Bread. Available at most grocers.

      1. katemartin2009 Aug 11, 2009 11:46 AM

        Central Market has an awesome selection of fresh baked bread, which they allow you to sample. The staff is very friendly and helpful when it comes to finding the right bread for you. We love going there to find new delicious whole grain breads.

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        1. re: katemartin2009
          foiegras Aug 15, 2009 08:31 PM

          I like Central Market's 9-grain honey bread--great for grilled cheese. But I don't know that any of their breads I've tried have been bad.

        2. LewisvilleHounder Aug 11, 2009 01:21 PM

          Looks like you are looking for something like BreadHaus in Grapevine. They have most of the hearty Eastern European style breads.


          You might also want to check out the Bread Lady at Eden Garden in Balch Springs.


          If you are ever up Tulsa way then I would highly suggest a stop at Farrell Family Bread.

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          1. re: LewisvilleHounder
            DallasDude Aug 11, 2009 02:12 PM

            Why does everyone forget Eatzi's? Great breads, samples available, all made fresh daily and in front of you. Prices on breads are not high at all, either.

            1. re: DallasDude
              LewisvilleHounder Aug 11, 2009 06:22 PM

              Probably b/c I don't live in Uptown and avoid the area like the plague is why I don't recommend Eatzi's. Only one reason to visit Uptown - Scardello.

              1. re: LewisvilleHounder
                DallasDude Aug 11, 2009 06:32 PM

                But you send people to balch Springs and Tulsa?

                1. re: DallasDude
                  LewisvilleHounder Aug 12, 2009 06:30 AM

                  I made a disclaimer if they were in the area of Tulsa then Farrell is good. To avoid a long drawn out discussion I will post some personal view points. You can chose to agree or disagree with me. I also want to add please excuse me if I have gotten off topic.

                  In Balch Springs, they have an organic garden and several local vendors so it is more of a famers market and it is worth going to. If you have been to the Coppell or McKinney Farmers Markets they can get extremely busy. Eden's gives you a chance to browse your produce without being rushed. Some of the produce comes from mere steps away from where you buy it. I also like to converse with the local vendors about their products. I don't get this chance with a line behind me and arms crossed at several local farmers markets.

                  Eatzi's while good does not have the down home Texas feel to it, IMO. I personally like to know who is laboring over my bread and who I can give my respects to. Since I live in Lewisville my favorites are BreadHaus in Grapevine and Ravelin in Denton. I occasionally make the drive all the way from Lewisville to Balch Springs (usually I am on my way elsewhere). Call me strange but I like the personal interaction and the fact that the bakers take pride in their ingredients and their sources.

                  BTW I was not trying to be snarky after your reply or a food snob (which is a whole other post in itself) as a new Texas post suggested, DallasDude. I just wanted to explain why I avoid the places I do.

                  P.S. I believe Rich should be getting some in soon but the Rogue Creamery Rogue River Blue just won best in show at the ACS in Austin. Itired it last year and it was worthy of the award.


                  1. re: LewisvilleHounder
                    iluvtennis Aug 12, 2009 08:31 AM

                    Oh yeah, i love Ravelin! But do you know if they have the nutritional information available for their products? I know i asked about a year and a half ago, and they didn't have it...maybe they do now?

                    1. re: iluvtennis
                      LewisvilleHounder Aug 12, 2009 11:08 AM

                      I am not sure if Eric ever has a free moment to write down all of that. I would ask him next time and hopefully those girls running the register can do that for him. I was in the area last Friday night going to Andaman, which was closed for summer vacation to Thailand I suppose, and Eric was there about 8:30 or 9:00 pm.

                      He is exteremely nice and very humble. A friend of mine learned her craft from him in culinary school as he was her pastry mentor. I can say that he is, if not the best, very close to it for the metroplex. You would never know by talking to him though. I believe that is why he is in Denton, so he is not around the hustle and bustle and screaming customers in Dallas (not anything against them). He likes running at his own pace and you can tell that by the quality of his product.

                      I can say that those croissants, especially the ham and swiss, are probably not the best for the waistline.

                    2. re: LewisvilleHounder
                      DallasDude Aug 12, 2009 11:36 AM

                      Oh, don't mind me LH, you are tops in my book. And btw, I can eyeball the baker at Eatzi's and discuss the various aspects and get tips from the guy (or gal). I understand though.

                      As far as the croissants, I spoke to a very good friend and culinary school alum, this weekend about the insane amounts of butter she went through while making her croissants. So good, I suppose all things in moderation.

                      1. re: DallasDude
                        irodguy Aug 12, 2009 03:25 PM

                        Yes the rise of the croissant depends on large amounts of butter. So yes not something you want to eat much of if you are worried about caloric intake.

                      2. re: LewisvilleHounder
                        twinwillow Mar 10, 2010 02:06 PM

                        I know the L'Hounder personally and in no way ever, would he be "snarky or a "food snob". He knows more about food and restaurants in the greater Dallas area than all of us put together.
                        You can trust his word if he recommends a place.

                        1. re: twinwillow
                          air Mar 11, 2010 11:12 AM

                          Think you misread that post there sir :) that's him saying he's not trying to be snarky/a food snob, something that was inferred in a different thread (likely talking about uptown recs)

                    3. re: LewisvilleHounder
                      Breadie Mar 10, 2010 07:59 AM

                      Scardello carries an awesome bread now - not whole grain, but a beautiful crust and slices super thin. Not full of air which is something that bugs me about WFM and CM breads. Called WeMe Bread, and he will make you a sandwich on it if you ask. I saw it at Jimmy's in east Dallas recently, too, so they finally have some decent bread!

                2. Caroline1 Aug 11, 2009 05:23 PM

                  For decade my favorite wheat bread was Oroweat's Wheat Berry, then they quit making it. Pox on them! So I've been searching for a couple of years and finally found one I really like. I just hope I don't end up regretting sharing it with you because they're out of it all the time after you all make a run on it!

                  It's Newflower Farmer's Market's "Cracked Wheat." From the package, the ingredients are: "Wheat flour, Organic whole grain wheat flour, Water, Honey, Cracked wheat, Oat bran, Oats, Sea salt, Cultured wheat, Vinegar, Yeast." The package also says, "All Natural, No Fat, No Oils." And it's only 50 calories a slice.

                  I think Newflower Market is at Preston and Parker, jn Plano. Leave some for me! It's really delicious and makes great toast.

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                    EdLagniappe Aug 12, 2009 12:33 AM

                    This might not be up to the quality that others have suggested ... or your standards, but as I recall, Costco has a pretty good bread ... Morton's Multigrain Bread. But I Iiked it & the price was reasonable ... of course, that presupposes you have a Costco membership. (I let mine lapse). As I recall, they only sell it 2 loaves at a time & I had a hard time getting through one, let alone both before it started to get fuzzy.

                    At present, I bake my own ... sourdough multigrain ... but if you're jones'in for Ezekial bread ... there are lots of recipes on the WWW.

                    1. irodguy Aug 12, 2009 08:10 AM

                      La Spiga is also a good choice: http://www.laspigabakery.com/free_for.... I personally think that Central & Empire are much better quality and taste than whole foods.

                      If you really want to control the ingredients, then bake your own. Multi-grain bread is one of the easier breads to bake. That being said adding honey to any bread adds flavor. Honey or sugar in the bread is such a small amount of the overall loaf that the caloric change is basically meaningless.

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                      1. re: irodguy
                        pschweizer Aug 25, 2009 09:21 AM

                        Thanks for all the replies!! I investigated most of them and ultimately found that Empire Baking Company on Inwood has a relatively new bread called Hippie Health Loaf - not nearly as dense as the Mockingbird Bread, but still with a great texture, incorporating some seeds/nuts, many grains and oats, such as flax. It doesn't have any sweetness or sourdough flavors, which suits me well, and the price is just right at $4.99/loaf.

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                        gpvtxgirl Sep 8, 2009 04:04 PM

                        Oma's Muligrain Bread from the Bread Haus in Grapevine. Love it!!!! They also bake Wildflower Bread that's really good.

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                        1. re: gpvtxgirl
                          foiegras Mar 10, 2010 10:07 AM

                          Is that the place that used to be the Main St Bread Baking Co before they sold it?

                          1. re: foiegras
                            CocoaNut Mar 10, 2010 02:10 PM

                            Bread Haus is about a block east of Wm D. Tate on Dallas Ave (Rd?), north of 114. They have a very loyal following and are much more "earthy".... less commercial and frilly than Main St. BBC.

                            So did Main St. sell? I knew they changed their name - I think they included "Bistro", but thought it was just a name change. I used to really enjoy going there for breakfast, but haven't been in years now.

                            1. re: CocoaNut
                              foiegras Mar 10, 2010 08:03 PM

                              Sounds like them ... I'm talking about a sale before the Main St you're talking about. Used to be earthy bread and a few extremely wholesome sweets ... then they sold the location and the name, and moved off the beaten path. I used to go to the new location with a friend, but wasn't sure how to get back there on my own :) Sounds like the location you're describing.

                              There may well have been another sale ... I haven't seen the French couple who bought it in forever, and then there's been the expansion ...

                              1. re: CocoaNut
                                LewisvilleHounder Mar 11, 2010 10:57 AM

                                I went in hungry a few weeks ago to Main Street Baking Co on Main Street and looked around and walked out. They might have some baked goods but I don't consider it a bakery. It looked more like a bistro and an expensive one at that. I am not used to dropping $8 a plate for breakfast.

                                We (my wife and I) killed some time by heading over to Buon Giorno coffee (my wife loved it). I noticed that they actually had some knowledgeable young adults running the counter. I asked some difficult questions and they answered about 80% of them, which is more than I can say for those folks at Starbucks.

                                I will say that Bread Haus after a "late opening" (9:00 am on Saturday) was what I was looking for. Appearantly all of the Germans in the metroplex have this place pegged as we (my wife and I) were in the first 8 or so customers to get in on the opening rush. I was under the first impression that I had mistakenly warped to Germany and needed to brush up on my German, luckily I heard one customer order in English. The pretzel made a nice breakfast choice as it was lightly salted (finally someone with an easy hand), warm and easily chewy. The rolls (I believe 3 varieties) were astoundingly good and $.80 a piece? Some of the other breads looked hearty and robust. If you are looking for the Eastern European style grainy breads I would recommend this place.

                                The bread choices looked all very tempting, healthy and rotated throughout the week. I would check out the website and call if you have a particular question or bread request.


                                1. re: LewisvilleHounder
                                  CocoaNut Mar 11, 2010 11:44 AM

                                  Glad your wife enjoyed BG.

                                  I wish I recalled Bread Haus more often than I do. I usually go by there when looking for a specialty bread of one nature or another. Most recently was about a month ago when I was looking for King Cake. Those mass produced at many groceries (including the high end one's) are terrible - both in texture and gagging sweetness.

                                  I believe the woman behind the counter at BH was insulted that I asked if they would make one, no doubt thinking of King Cake as a drunken "party cake". When made properly, it is in fact, a yeast bread rather than a "cake", requiring accomplished bread making skills. I was a bit miffed at her arrogance when presented with the idea, but that's ok .... some people just don't know and evidently don't care to learn, as I was pretty much "dismissed" when trying to explain.

                                  1. re: CocoaNut
                                    LewisvilleHounder Mar 11, 2010 12:08 PM

                                    If you have a quality recipe and a translator I would ask her again. I think she would be willing to give it a go but all she probably understood was cake and a pastry chef she is not. I would not give up on your quest though.

                                    I for one never knew a King Cake was like a yeast bread. I had my first sample of a quality one from Marguerite's Bakery in Slidell this year. One person in the office brought it in as she is friends with the owner. It was excellent.

                                    1. re: LewisvilleHounder
                                      CocoaNut Mar 11, 2010 12:26 PM

                                      Interesting. Maybe the German speaking folks are there at opening and then leave. Every time I've ever been, perfect English has been spoken - but I've never been there at opening.... usually late morning or early afternoon.

                                    2. re: CocoaNut
                                      flomogal Mar 11, 2010 08:06 PM

                                      I've got to agree about the slight arrogance, but the product they put out is really terrific (everything organic and super fresh). However, a word to the wise...they don't accept credit cards for anything under $7.00. I just hate when they do that!

                                      1. re: CocoaNut
                                        foiegras Mar 12, 2010 09:32 AM

                                        She's a little odd ... I remember her being jealous when I just talked to her husband about baking. You might try him ... he seems perfectly normal and friendly.

                              2. twinwillow Mar 10, 2010 01:57 PM

                                In addition to Ezekial's "Bran For Life" I mentioned above, I also like Shiloh Farms (organic) 5 sprouted grains bread. Very good! 5 grams of fiber per slice with very little salt.
                                Available (frozen only-but, that's OK) at Central Market and Roy's Health Foods at Preston Royal N/E corner. In the corner store. Some WholeFoods carry it but, not all.
                                And lately, I've been enjoying Orowheat's "Multi-Grain" sandwich thins. Each sandwich thin (2 pieces) contains 5 grams of fiber and only, 100 calories. They're selling like mad at all Dallas supermarkets in the packaged breads section. I love using these sandwich thins for burgers.

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                                1. re: twinwillow
                                  LewisvilleHounder Mar 11, 2010 11:02 AM

                                  Unbenounced to most locals but the Orowheat is aviaible daily at all Mrs. Baird's/Bimbo Bakery Outlet Stores. In some locations they have senior days and half price days. I know the one in Irving (Plymouth Park) is half price on Wednesdays and Sundays.

                                  So Twin if you are liking that particular brand then I would suggest the otulet stores since it is about half the price it retails for and on certain days you get even more discount. Most stores also have a frequent shopper punch card program.


                                  1. re: LewisvilleHounder
                                    twinwillow Mar 11, 2010 02:12 PM

                                    Costco sells the Orowheat sandwich thins in a 3 pack (8 each pack totaling 24 sandwich thins) for $6.00.

                                    1. re: twinwillow
                                      Liveitloud Mar 13, 2010 05:21 AM

                                      I'm pretty fond of Milton"s multi grain bread. They sell it at Costco. I swear a loaf of it weighs like 5 pounds. Makes great toast. Another good bread comes from Heartland Bread company. It used to be in Plano but moved. Now sure where it is now but their brand is sold in some Albertsons and Whole Foods. Found a link for both...



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