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Aug 11, 2009 10:50 AM

DFW - Best Multigrain or Wholegrain Bread

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!

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

      1. 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

          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. 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

            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

              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

                But you send people to balch Springs and Tulsa?

                1. re: DallasDude

                  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

                    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

                      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

                      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

                        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

                        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

                          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

                      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. 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.