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Sep 6, 2010 07:28 PM

Good bread anywhere in miami dade?

I was in publix earlier today and saw a huge lack of decent bread. Maybe i have too high standards being from san francisco, but im looking for somewhere with some good sourdough. Also any good grocery stores in miami/dade? just not a fan of publix.

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  1. You will not find sourdough like you get in San Francsisco. Definitely not at Publix, but not really anywhere else either. Buena Vista Bakery near the Design District has some nice baked goods, though I've not tried the breads. You might also want to try La Provence bakery (locations in South Beach, Mid Beach, Biscayne around 20th St., Brickell & Coral Gables).

    Grocery stores are also generally very weak here. There's Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Epicure Market (Sunny Isles and South Beach), all pricey. Norman Brothers in South Miami often has very good produce.

    1. Actually, Fresh Market on Biscayne around N 183 St. is one place I have been able to find decent bread. I don't like their "sourdough" but the ciabatta bread and the Neotuscan Boule and similar breads are good. Paul's bakery (if you can find one near you) has good French bread. That's all I can think of. Several bakeries with acceptable bread have unfortunately closed recently. If your standards are really high, you may unfortunately be on your own. I stopped baking bread at home when I discovered Fresh Market.

      Fresh Market
      2640 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133

      1. Mostly, no. There is not good bread in Miami-Dade. Paul is good, and I enjoy the French Bakery down south, but Publix should be ashamed of what they sell as bread.

        5 Replies
        1. re: taiga

          Cuban bread is excellent and is found everywhere in Miami-Dade. "Good" is relative then because Cuban folks eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I would call that good. By the way F.Y.I. Puerto Ricans are trying to pass it along as theirs. At publix in Miami-dade they are selling Puerto Rican bread alongside Cuban bread. When you look inside the bag it is the same thing. For the record there are hardly any Puerto Ricans in Miami -dade. There is a top manager at Publix (heard thru the grapevine) who is influencing these decisions and selling tons of Cuban products under the Puerto Rican flag-like pastelitos de guayaba, papa rellenas, etc. He has publix calling them "Latino" pastries. They are not Latino, they are exclusively Cuban! Go to the Bronx and report back.

          1. re: Girasol

            I've been reading a few of your recent posts and they are both knowledgable and interesting. The empanada piece is especially fascinating. Yet while I understand your contention that "good" is a relative term, and your comment that because Cuban folks eat it 3 times a day, it is therefore good, but I am not buying it, figuratively or materially. By that reasoning, we can call everything good. People like McDonald's, but I don't think it is very good. Publix's bread doesn't do it for me.

            1. re: Girasol

              I don't know about that... in THIS part of Miami, there's more Puerto Ricans than Cubans (eastside). And north of the county line there's also more Puerto Ricans than Cubans. But eh, it's been known that Cuban community is becoming more of a minority nowadays - as evidenced by the decline in the number of Cuban restaurants around town. Last restaurant I looked at became Colombian.

              1. re: mialebven

                "in THIS part of Miami, there's more Puerto Ricans than Cubans (eastside)." As evidenced by the explosion of Puerto Rican restaurants in the area? Just curious as I live on the eastside and don't come across Puerto Ricans any more than I come across anyone else.

            2. re: taiga

              There's a brand I used to get that supplies lower end groceries (Price Choice) and some restaurants that had very good baguettes- Pagnifique. It's been a while since the last time I bought some but it used to be very good quality. I am always nervous to recommend something in Miami I have not had in more than a couple of months, but they're worth a try. I also recommend getting some pork if you end up in a Price Choice.