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Best French Bread

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.

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  1. La Boulangerie.

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    La Boulangerie
    4526 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

    1. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: cajungirl

          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.

          1. re: hazelhurst

            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.

            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              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

        2. 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

          1. 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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            1. re: Shiloh

              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

            2. Poupart's Bakery in Lafayette