La Estrella Bakery, Park Street, Hartford
Stopped in today for Portuguese bread because Stop and Shop was out yet again. Man, is it ever good. Perfect chewy crust, tender crumb, and only $2.50 for a big loaf. The friendly woman behind the counter sliced it for me, too.
A genoa and provolone sandwich was so good, I had to fire up a grilled cheese to further test the breads awesomeness. It passed with flying colors, much better than any Portuguese bread I've had from a grocery store.
They're on Park about halfway between New Park and Prospect, on the left if you're heading towards downtown. Right across from King & I Thai. Plenty of off street parking.
I'll be going back regularly.