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Where can I get some good ones in the Bay Area? Mini brioche buns would work, or a mini version of Acme's amazing sourdough burger roll/bun would be even better.

Any Ideas? I am willing to drive for quality so anywhere in the bay will work.

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  1. I saw them at Trader Joe's ...they were with the "new" items.

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    1. re: energy

      How did the TJ slider buns look? Fluffy like a traditional burger bun or more substantial? Anyone else try them?

      1. re: ML8000

        I would say more on the fluffy side.

        1. re: ML8000

          I think they're about the same diameter as that of a softball. It could be my imagination, but they look a bit larger than what I remember purchasing a year ago for a party that we had. I used the buns for pulled pork sliders and everyone appreciated the smaller size, since there was so much else to eat that night.

          I considered buying Hawaiian rolls, but decided I wanted something a bit larger. I've only purchased TJ's mini sliders a couple of times primarily b/c I needed something that size. I recall they were good, but definitely not the best challah I've eaten to date.

          1. re: cvhound

            Thanks CV and TerriL. I'll have to check them out. I also might look at Acme.

            I also like King's Hawaiian for ham sandwiches but for they're too sweet for burger in my view. Pulled pork however I can see.

      2. I've made them for parties and have bought small square flaky rolls from Neldham's in Oakland on Telegraph.

        1. My favorite ones to use are the mini brioche buns from Whole Foods!

          They are just so soft and rich...combined with good burger meat you just bite into the whole thing like buttah...

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          1. re: arlenemae

            Yeah, those mini Brioche buns from Whole Foods are perfect. I think Berkeley Bowl has some too.

            1. re: arlenemae

              A lot of great options, but these mini brioche buns are sounding good...

              1. re: Chaat Cafe

                If I'm not mistaken, the brioche buns at Whole Foods are from the La Boulange enterprise in San Francisco and you may be able to get them at one of their many bakery-cafes. Although, it was something like 8 per $7 bag, so a bit on the high side if you're doing volume. I just bought the small brioche loaf that they also offer, and the flavor is really good, though.

                1. re: twocents

                  Yeah, they're not cheap, but delicious. I got the brioche hot dog buns for my very non chowish grandmother and grandfather for Memorial Day, and they mocked me for spending so much on hot dog buns...until they tried them. Then they wanted me to get them forever.

                2. re: Chaat Cafe

                  They look good too! :)

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                  I gotta admit, I love sliders and I've tried lots of bun types (dinner rolls, cut-up baguette, hawaiian rolls, etc.) and these brioche buns are still the best for me. Grind your own meat and it'll be one of the best burgers you've had.

              2. They often sell small challah dinner rolls at the Noe Valley Bakery. I think these would be great for mini burgers.

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                1. re: Euonymous

                  Yes, the ones Semifreddi sells are perfect for sliders...one could cut it in thirds and toss the middle bun part if too thick

                2. I used the Kings Hawaiian dinner rolls, and they have worked perfectly. Also, many grocery chains sell smaller/flatter dinner rolls I have also used. These were for large parties, so I didn't splurge on more pricey options.

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                  1. re: Jeni Bean

                    I also just used these for a fundraiser (approx. 400 island-themed pulled pork sliders) and they worked very well. Got them at Costco for $3.99 for 30 (could have the exact numbers wrong, but they are cheap none-the-less).

                    Please note that they do need to be pulled apart and sliced.

                    1. re: Jeni Bean

                      I've used these before too and they're great for really large parties if you don't want to spend too much.

                      Overall though I like the brioche buns better since they are softer, fluffier, and richer. But might be way too expensive to feed tons of people.

                      1. re: Jeni Bean

                        Agreed. Believe it or not Safeway has a perfect "house baked" roll for sliders and something like pulled pork sandwiches. They are not too small and not too large. Especially good if buying in quantity.

                        1. re: Jeni Bean

                          I've done this for burgers, pulled pork and slit the top and made mini Chicago dogs using cocktail wieners a cornichon slice, cherry tomato wedge and the usual condiments. They were all pretty much inhaled at a part and easy to make in quantity.

                        2. When looking for slider buns a while back:
                          I found a good small roll for burgers at Berkeley Bowl - Bon Croissant's Honey French Roll. Not sliced but a good diameter - about 3". Ended up using Neldam's Double Rolls for a bit over an 1 1/2" burger and the Seeded Rolls for 2" burger. It's a buttery eggy type bread. Both not sliced. They make really cute burgers.

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                          1. re: mochimunchie

                            What's the word on Neldam's? The bakery could stay put through August 2009, now what?

                            Slider buns
                            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/522017

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                            Neldam's Danish Bakery
                            3401 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

                          2. The La Boulange brioche ones are at the Berkeley Bowl West. They were giving out samples outside of another brand which I couldn't remember, but I couldn't seem to find them inside the store.

                            As for the Costco ones, the dinner rolls someone mentioned are $3.99/36 - a great deal, but quite dense and not as soft as the brioche ones.

                            1. Just saw some at Oliver's Market in Santa Rosa (Montecito Plaza). I didn't notice the price, sorry. They were over near the hot food selection/deli and at the VERY bottom on the right near the other specialty bread!

                              1. I was in Andronico's on Telegraph south of UC and saw the Cake Box slider buns and grabbed them. They were very good and within reason on the price - $5.99 for 12. The brioche buns at Berkeley Bowl looked good but at about $1 per, couldn't do it.

                                p.s. also King's Hawaiian now makes a savory butter roll (as opposed to the traditional sweet) that would work very well as a slider bun. Also more widely available. If I need slider buns again, probably will go with them.

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                                1. re: ML8000

                                  I wonder if these are the same that Monterey Market carries. I don't remember them specifically being Cake Box, but I remember the bakery was in Lafayette.

                                  1. re: lmnopm

                                    Lafayette sounds right so I'm sure they're the same. I'm 95% sure of it because I remember thinking - Lafayette? Small gold label, simple packaging.

                                2. Panorama Bakery makes a Silver Dollar roll that is great for "sliders" http://www.panoramabaking.com/index.html

                                  1. Here's a little info, Semifreddi makes TJ's brioche buns, according the people at Semifreddi.

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                                    Semifreddi's
                                    372 Colusa Ave, Kensington, CA