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Bread like in San Francisco

I am going to move to DC area from SF Bay Area and would like to see if there is bread available like that at Acme or Della Fattoria (both available at Ferry Building). I need my good toast in the morning. Can you get this type of bread at the farmer's markets like at Courthouse in Arlington? I will probably move to that area (already been to Ray's Hell Burgers and Ray's Steaks which are big plusses for the neighborhood).

Availability of the bread is not going to affect my decision to move.

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Ray's Hell Burger
1713 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

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  1. There is a new bakery at the Arlington market, but I can't remember the name (not Atwater's). Their breads are serious, but I don't know how it compares to the two in SF. Baguette Republic in nearby Falls Church is excellent.

    1. Good luck with finding decent bread around here, I moved her last year from the West Coast and every time I'd ask for sourdough bread I was looked at as if I asked for human flesh to eat.

      1. Lyon Bakery. They mainly sell to restaurants and caterers, but they have a stall at the market outside Union Station.

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        1. Bonaparte Breads is great - they sell at the Dupont Circle farmers market and probably elsewhere. They're based in Maryland though.

          Was just at Northside Social in Clarendon the other day (bakery/cafe), and they were selling some artisanal breads. I didn't get a chance to sample since they were sold out, but if the brownie was any indication of the baking quality, this should be good bread.

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          Bonaparte Breads
          8600 Foundry St, Savage, MD

          1. No! The best bread I have found around here is actually in Philadelphia (Metropolitan). You can order on line and it isn't super expensive. Heidelberg Bakery is pretty good, but not fantastic. All the other bakeries are just so so. Acme is very good. Generally your best bet is to find par-baked LaBrea Bakery bread. Sorry. There are other things that DC has to offer that are top notch (except for Mexican Food).

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            1. re: ChewFun

              Baguette Republic is way better than the par-baked La Brea. But their offerings seem to change on a daily basis, so if you are looking for something specific, you should call in advance.