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Feb 5, 2010 01:32 PM

Best challah (kosher or not) in the area?

(FYI to those who might wonder, challah = braided egg bread, akin to brioche, that's a staple of the traditional Jewish sabbath meal every Friday night.)

I think I know the answer to my own question (Fishman's Kosher), but perhaps I'm missing an even better loaf of challah from some other bakery here in the Twin Cities.

I consider the "egg braid" at Rustica is a close second to Fishman's. (they don't call it challah as it's not actually kosher)

The challah from Breadsmith and Yum are both edible but not even close to the wonderful loaf that Fishman's produces.

What say ye?

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  1. I have yet to try Fishman's but Rustica's is the best I have had.

    1. It Takes the Cake in Minnetonka has amazing challah.

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      1. re: kersie

        I agree with kersie. It Takes the Cake is amazing! Their regular challah is divine, and their chocolate chip (made only on certain days) goes a step beyond.

      2. the wedge bakery does a nice challah (not kosher)

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        1. re: soupkitten

          Yes, the Wedge is my current favorite. I haven't tried Fishman's, and they're closing soon. Breadsmith I find very bland.

          1. re: JulianPantangeli

            I got a loaf from the Wedge last week. Surprisingly good considering there is no butter. Slighly sweet so I suspect a bit of honey. Good for snarling and good toasted, I would rank slightly below Kowalskis and FMP in my survey below. Probably a 3.2

        2. Yum! Kitchen & Bakery makes a great challah loaf. They are also doing heart-shaped loaves through Valentine's Day. Yum! is located on Minnetonka Ave in St. Louis Park.

          1. Thanks to those who suggested "It Takes the Cake." I got a fresh challah there today and tried it. I think it's a very very close call, but I give the nod to Fishman's for the better challah.

            It's not clear to me if any of the other respondents above have had a Fishman's challah - if you haven't you really should make a point of stopping by on a Friday (earlier is better, it's not unheard of for them to run out by 2pm...) to try one.

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            1. re: baronworm

              This is very interesting that Fishman's is getting a tastier product without any dairy products which would normally be in challah. or am I it just eggs, which are allowed at Fishman's? no milk or butter in challah?

              1. re: faith

                You can make a dairy challah but typically the Friday night Sabbath meal is meat and those who would want a kosher challah will not mix milk and meat -

                1. re: weinstein5

                  In my experience it is not even close. Fishmans has the best challah in town. Nothing else compares.