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Oct 25, 2010 09:55 AM

Montco Bread?

I just returned from a couple of weeks in France and, after watching people walking down the street with baguettes in their hands every day, I'm at a loss to think of places other than supermarkets where I can buy fresh bread locally. I found a lot of threads that are about bakeries, but they're all talking about cakes, cookies, pies, etc. Are there any good bakeries in Montco that bake fresh bread?

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  1. For my money, the two best breads in this area are both from restaurants. Both the italian loaf at Vetri and the semolina bread at Modo Mio are as good as can be. Find me something close to these at a bakery anywhere near and l will be very grateful. Metropolitan, yes l know not in Montco, used to be very good, but are dumbing down their crust over the past few years. Their miche used to be great now doughy. l live in Paris three months a year and returning to Philadelphia after all the great boulangeries there is very disappointing.

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

      Again no help for bucksguy, but DelucaC-M have you tried Artisian Boulangerie at 12th and passyunk?

      1. re: Bigley9

        Buckguy, I know you moved to Mont Co, but you might consider going back to Doylestown and Crossroads bakery. Very good, and a nice rage of different types of breads. French baguettes, epis, as well as olive bread. And they have two types of gluten free bread and gluten free pizza dough for sale as well.

        Conshohocken bakery for what they do is very good. They have a baguette, and some other fresh made italian and french loaves.

        1. re: cwdonald

          CW - thanks for the tip. I've got an appointment for my car at Thompson this Wednesday. I'll make a stop at Crossroads and check it out.

        2. re: Bigley9

          Yes, but while croissants were nice, bread too 'tender' for me. Will try again, thanks

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            Just curious - bread is one of those things that is a very individual preference.

            1. re: Bigley9

              True, go through the France board a lot on this fact. l like bread that pulls my teeth out, getting hard to find. But at least in Paris there are so many good bread bakeries that l can always find exactly what l want. When l am at my place in Florida l talk to many French bakers who have come to the area and opened bakeries. They find in a few months they are required by patrons to greatly increase the sugar in the pastries and to soften the bread dramatically as you said individual preference that in the USA caused by their history and exposure to seemingly like softer bread.

              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                The baguettes from Four Worlds Bakery are really toothsome, you might like them. Someone recommended them recently on another thread.

                They're in West Philly, but you can order online and pickup from various spots in the city. Fair Food in RTM is a pickup point, but they also stock some of the breads to buy off the shelf when they get deliveries. Probably the best place to just try the baguette, though, is at Ultimo Coffee. They prepare a few simple (but delicious) sandwiches on the Four Worlds baguette. They make a chevre & fig spread sandwich which makes a great breakfast with one of their cappuccinos.

                1. re: barryg

                  Just completed a trip from Lower Merion to Four Worlds Bakery, through a neighborhood that was otherworldly, as Mapquest took me right down Lancaster Ave. Very , very nice people. They had a total of 9 breads in the store at 9:30 AM, not 9 different breads, nine breads. Bought one of the baguettes. Very sourdoughy and chewy. Thanks for tip, but sorry to take over this post but looking for french style where the center is virtually only holes and the crust is the whole thing. Will keep on looking. But having to schlep that way, at least stopped by New York Bagel for perfect well cooked sesame flagels.

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    Yea I really meant chewy when I said toothsome--which I learned that I used completely incorrectly from another Chowhound thread.

        3. re: Delucacheesemonger

          3 months in Paris, what punishment! An aside - have you eaten at Jadis and/or Frenchie?

          1. re: bucksguy14

            Yes, both and Spring as well. If you look at my posts on the France board you will see l am more traditional, thus things like L'Ami Louis, Chez L'Ami Jean, and the like make me happier.

        4. Close to Montco try Baker Street in Chestnut Hill. Also Weavers Way Coop has bread from a few different bakeries. Taste of Italy in Springhouse has excellent bread that a guy delivers every day, 7 days a week, from Sal & Jerry's bakery in Brooklyn.

          Taste of Italy
          5172 US Highway 9, Howell, NJ 07731

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          1. re: Den

            I'm not that big on Baker Street, but it is strange - every once in a while, they'll have excellent baguettes. It's not consistent, or reliable, but yeah, the best baguettes I've had in Philly have been from there.

            1. re: Bob Loblaw

              Exactly, When they were in Ardmore the cheese store l worked at used them and each day it was a different baguette,no consistency.

          2. I bought a GREAT fresh baguette from some little hole-in-the-wall on Main Street in Manayunk last weekend. I don't even know if they had a name. It was pretty close to Chabaa. Just basically a door and window with a bucket full of fresh baked loaves.

            Main Street Cafe
            126 E Main St, Elkton, MD 21921

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            1. re: phillyjazz

              Sounds like Agiato Bread Company, which has been there for a couple of months. Their ciabatta and baguette are good - I still like Metropolitan's better - and the croissants are also decent. Very happy that such a place has popped up on Main St.

            2. I like Bakers on Broad in Souderton for European style breads


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