Best Mail-Order Bread?
Without a doubt, Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their breads are amazing and they have the best customer service. They go above and beyond to make sure everything is right with your order and also guarantee it. They are incredibly nice here besides. I sent several gifts of bread this Xmas and everybody seemed to really enjoy it. One neighbor just told me that she called the place to have a catalog mailed so she could order more. Said the breads were so fresh and perfect when they arrived and couldn't get over the packaging. I added the cartoon gift box as I selected my own assortment. Instructions for storing, heating and serving were also included for every loaf.
I am lucky to live close to Zingerman's and be able to go often and pick up fresh bread but I had been mail-ordering from them for many years before I moved to Michigan after reading about them initially from other Hounds here. What a treat it is now!
If you do place an order, make sure to get the pecan raisin bread. They say in their catalog, its like a chain reaction-when someone serves it for brunch, the next week their guests are calling to buy it for themselves. (Almost like what happened to my neighbor that I sent it to). Its delicious. I can eat a whole loaf myself. Its that good!
Every month for a short time, they usually do a specialty bread that you might not see on line but you can call and ask what it is and if they are able to ship that specific bread or check under special bakes at their bakehouse. Next week-end their doing a roasted garlic italian bread and at Xmas they do a cranberry pecan bread. (Its good, but I still prefer the original one)
I agree with chocolate. I lived in Ann Arbor for a few years and got hooked on Zingerman's bread. I think they mail order thousands of loaves a week all over the world. In any event, although its a little pricey, I don't think you can do better than Zingerman's bread! I live about 10 hours South of there now, but stop in every time I get back to Michigan.