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jdmmdm Nov 29, 2010 04:37 PM

Passing through NOLA enroute to Florida this week and would like to pick up a loaf or 2 of the best french bread one can buy. Any suggestions, chowhounders? Thanks.

  1. paz5559 Dec 1, 2010 09:35 AM

    Poupart's Bakery in Lafayette

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      Shiloh Dec 1, 2010 09:02 AM

      Maple Street Patisserie is putting out some damn good baguettes these days. Also recently had a crusty pumpernickel with raisins that was fantastic. Good pastries, too. And nice people. Here is some press on the place if you're interested:

      http://www.nola.com/dining/index.ssf/...

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        Hungry Celeste Dec 1, 2010 12:24 PM

        agree on Maple St. patisserie, and in the same general area, Tartine's baguette is excellent. though neither are "new orleans" style french bread. Tartine's brioche is delicious, too.

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        Maple St Cafe
        7623 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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        runCP3 Nov 30, 2010 08:04 AM

        Dong Phuong Bakery for their French bread. The same one that is used for their Banh Mi. It's very cheap and also on the way to Florida.

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        Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery
        14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129

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          cajungirl Nov 30, 2010 07:29 AM

          Are you possibly going via Highway 90 or Old Spanish Trail? If so, please stop at LeJeune's Bakery in Jeanerette for the best bread.

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            hazelhurst Nov 30, 2010 07:32 AM

            That's a great idea but I am willing to bet it is a 90 minute detour for them. Unless you are en route to Morgan City or visiting your Aunt in franklin, jeanerette is not on the way to much of anything...sadly.

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              Hungry Celeste Nov 30, 2010 11:59 AM

              if they're driving from points west of Lafayette, it can be just as quick to take US 90, thus bypassing Baton Rouge & horrrendous traffic. on the other hand, if I were going to be in NOLA already, i'd hit Chez Pierre, Dong Phuong, Hi-Do on the Westbank, or get a loaf of Binder's bread from Zara's.

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                hazelhurst Nov 30, 2010 12:04 PM

                I always run into awful traffic lights and cruddy jams afer Boutte..and the Morgan City-to-Matthews seems to take forever (to me) But on a good day you're probably right. And after they tear up I-10 to widen up to henderson, it will almost certainly be better.

                They will never get the I-10 bridge in BR figured out

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            CharlieH Nov 30, 2010 07:07 AM

            Are you looking for a traditional baguette or New Orleans style french bread. If its the former, Boulangerie, for the latter, most any grocery store, maybe with exception of whole wallet, will do.

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              JazzyB Nov 30, 2010 04:27 AM

              La Boulangerie.

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              La Boulangerie
              4526 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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