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Help me find a GOOD Bakery on the North Shore

scottdrums Nov 4, 2009 02:40 PM

Just came back from a vacation in Europe and I could not believe how much better fresh baked bread is there.So I am curious if others have noticed this difference as well. Does anyone know of any really good bakeries around the Salem, MA area? I am specifically looking for european style bakeries and ones that focus on bread and not pasteries. I am a big fan of the italian pastry shoppes in the north end, but thats not what I am looking for here. Thanks for the help.....

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    merrvally Dec 4, 2009 09:20 AM

    Although I've heard good things about A& J King I've never been...I am however, a PASSIONATE fan of Annarosa's and urge you take the drive up and give us a comparison!

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      scottdrums Nov 5, 2009 12:56 PM

      Wow thanks all.... looks like I will have to try A&J King Bakery ,here in my hometown of Salem.... I will be heading there soon..... to be continued........

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        nlg Nov 5, 2009 07:37 AM

        A&J King is *terrific*. First had their bread at the Marblehead farmers market and have had additional opportunities to have their fabulous bread and incredible pastries. Really, really good.

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          NSDishGal Nov 5, 2009 06:10 AM

          Yep, I've got to concur with everyone else here. A&J King are really worth checking out, both their breads and their specialty items are top-notch.


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            phonelady Nov 5, 2009 04:45 AM

            mamadou's artisan bakery - winchester ma

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              pastrytroll Nov 5, 2009 06:53 PM

              Annarosa's in Newburyport, especially for the croissants and pain au Levain; Mamadou's in Winchester,

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                sinned61 Dec 3, 2009 05:39 PM

                wow I stopped in there yesterday...what GREAT BREAD!!! I'm going BACK!

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                  Chris VR Dec 4, 2009 04:09 AM

                  Yes, also a big fan of Mamadou's. Some of the best bread I've had in Boston, not just the North Shore.

              2. opinionatedchef Nov 4, 2009 07:38 PM

                I am a major fan of excellent breads and feel very lucky to live in boston , home to the superb Iggy's breads. I too agree with the excellence of A&J's product. I was very impressed with their bread when I first had it a few months ago at Soma restaurant in beverly. Now I'll make a point of visiting and getting some other things.

                1. Infomaniac Nov 4, 2009 03:45 PM

                  A&J King in Salem and Annarosa's Bakery in the Tannery Mall in Newburyport, MA are the two finest artisan bakeries on the North Shore that I know about.

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                    pdude Nov 4, 2009 03:02 PM

                    A&J King Bakery in Salem. Better than some I've been to in Europe.


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                      greygarious Nov 4, 2009 03:23 PM

                      Here is a review and a photo of their croissants: http://bistrobroad.com/

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                        bella_sarda Nov 5, 2009 01:30 PM

                        Does A&J King distribute their breads to any retail outlets in Boston/Cambridge? I'd love to try the bread but don't get out to Salem much.

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                          hhookk Nov 5, 2009 01:53 PM

                          Taken from their web site, these are all their retail outlets. Looks like they are all North Shore.
                          The Coastal Greengrocer – Ipswich
                          Common Crow Natural Foods – Gloucester
                          Cornerstone Books – Salem
                          The Fruitful Basket – Beverly Farms
                          Grapevine Restaurant – Salem
                          Green Meadows Farmers Market – Hamilton
                          Henry’s Market – Beverly
                          Marblehead Chowder Co. – Marblehead
                          New Meadows – Topsfield
                          The Northey Street House B&B – Salem
                          The Peabody Essex Museum – Salem
                          Shubie’s Market – Marblehead
                          Tiger Lily Catering - Beverly
                          Whole Foods Market – Swampscott
                          Zumi’s Espresso and Ice Cream – Ipswich

                          Coastal Greengrocer
                          55 Market St, Ipswich, MA 01938

                          Marblehead Chowder Co
                          10 Bessom St, Marblehead, MA 01945

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                            bella_sarda Nov 6, 2009 06:06 AM

                            thanks. Looks like it's worth the trip to Salem, which isn't that far anyway. If they're selling to Whole Foods in Swampscott, others can't be far behind, although I just checked the website too and they said they're not taking new wholesale customers at this point. they must be doing well. I wonder how they will compare to Clear Flour, B&R, etc.

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                              StriperGuy Nov 6, 2009 06:08 AM

                              A&J is amongst the top tier of Boston bread bakeries, period.

                              I imagine the reason they are limiting wholesale is their bakery itself is not huge along the lines of an Iggy's, etc. Though Iggy's started small too...

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