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Nov 17, 2009 09:54 PM

Great breads you've had in restaurants

Hi - I'm trying to figure out what restaurants in the Bay Area serve great bread. Any thoughts? Bread and rolls are often just afterthoughts - something to throw on the table to keep folks happy until the main event. But where have you had really good, memorable bread? Thanks for the feedback!

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  1. Murray Circle offers wonderful breads...seaweed, potato and more. Luce has lovely warm crusty fragrant rolls at the table. The Bay Area is flush with excellent bread bakers - we expect good bread and not as an afterthought/surprise.

    Murray Circle
    601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA 94965

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    1. re: Cynsa

      I think about the brioche served at Canteen dinners.

      1. re: grayelf

        I always dream of "more" of those buttery gems... even with "the best is yet to come" with what follows in the course of an evening at Canteen.

        1. re: Cynsa

          I like them so much I don't even mind that they aren't served warm, which is something I notice happens often at least at the restos I've tried in SF Bay area. Room temp is okay for breads but I've had some downright chilly offerings on various visits...

    2. The housemade focaccia at Da Flora is very good.

      Da Flora
      701 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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      1. re: saffrongold

        Second the focaccia at da Flora. Nothing like getting hit with the aroma when the front doors open.

      2. Manresa's bread is as good as any in the Bay Area. Just like Tartine's (where the baker formerly worked).

        Two (which is closing at the end of the year).

        22 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105

        Manresa Restaurant
        320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Of course Bar Tartine serves bread from Tartine Bakery.

          Bar Tartine
          561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

        2. I've liked the breads at Chez Panise (the downstairs). I think you can get really good bread at lots of restaurants as if the restaurant doesn't bake their own fresh bread they will usually get bread from one of the SF Bay Area's many fine bakery's.

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          1. re: skwid

            Chez Panisse serves Acme bread.

            Chez Panisse
            1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              When I went they sure looked like they were baking their own. The wood burning oven towards the front has bread coming out of it.

              1. re: skwid

                They occasionally make bread downstairs as part of the day's menu, but the usual bread on the table is Acme.

          2. We dined at Quince a week ago and they have an assortment of wonderful bread and rolls--I chose a buttery, cheese roll and my wife had a rosemary ciabatta.