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Jun 21, 2010 06:53 AM

Great bakery in Asheville?

I'm heading to Asheville this weekend for some hiking and some crafts. While I'm there, I want to pick up some great bread. A friend of mine told me that he just read about a great bakery in Asheville -- but he couldn't remember the name. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. IMO, the best bread in the area is at Flat Rock Village Bakery in Flat Rock (just south of Hendersonville). That's about 30 minutes from Asheville, so if you won't stray that far afield, you could try City Bakery in Asheville. OR you could go to the City Market (a tailgate farmer's market) on Charlotte St. in Asheville and get some extremely hardy bread from a guy there... I can't remember the name of his bakery right now. There's often a small line in front of his tent.

    There's another great bread bakery in Sylva,NC about 30 min to the west of A'ville called Annies. Her bread can be found at Greenlife grocery store on Merriman.

    1. Creme in Asheville on Merrimon Ave is a nice bakery. If you can get to the City Market downtown on Saturdays, Farm and Sparrow has awesome fresh loaves for sale. get there early - he is very popular and runs out quickly!

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      1. re: miss piggy

        Farm and Sparrow is very good, but the pretzel rolls at Creme are wonderful.

      2. We love Creme for their bread and their pastries. My favorite breads are their poppy seed challah and sea salt foccacia. And, yes ditto pilches recommendation of the pretzel rolls. They make the very best ham and cheese sandwiches...

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        1. re: evbecker

          City Bakery is by far the best bread in and around Asheville.

        2. City Bakery on Biltmore Avenue in Asheville has some of the greatest bread we've ever had, and we've enjoyed bread in NYC and in Italy. Their ciabatta and baguettes are both amazing, with springy interiors, crispy crusts, and a taste so good they're satisfying with no adornment. You don't want to miss this bakery, so I hope I'm sending this message in time for your trip!

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          1. re: ohmbecca

            I really like City Bakery's bread (note my recommendation above), but I have to say it seems to be not quite as good as it used to be. I really miss the whole wheat walnut, they never seem to have it anymore even though the website says they have it on Saturday.

            I miss the roast beef and brie sandwich they used to serve, and I REALLY miss the Velvet Hammer coffee they used to serve. The new stuff is Ok, but VH was GREAT coffee.

          2. Just spent a couple of days in Asheville and went to the farmers' market on Charlotte St as well as at UNCA. The longest line by far was at Farm and Sparrow so I joined in to see what the fuss was about.

            I can report that this bakery is the real deal, with a range of bread loaves, croissants (sweet and savory), bialys and granola. Everything I tasted was excellent and, many of the items were very creative.

            If there is a better bakery in Asheville, I would be very surprised.

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            1. re: brentk

              Agreed--Farm and Sparrow is hard to beat for bread/bialys. But...they don't make cakes, pies, muffins. If you've got a hankering for that, try Creme on Merrimon Ave. (they also have some great breads). It's run by two graduates of AB Tech's culinary program--their crumb cake is incredible.