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Jan 6, 2011 09:38 AM

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.

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  1. I'll take a dozen rolls and one more with butter to eat in the car. I think the supermarket ones have some preservatives. The ones from the 3 local bakeries may get stale but they're great fresh.

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    1. re: brookerme

      Funny you say that about the bread getting stale, because that is exactly why I have not gone back there. I must have hit it on an off day and the bread seemed stale at the bakery. I guess I will have to try it again in hopes to get a fresh loaf.

      1. re: askeenan

        Oh and that reminds me....stale portugese bread from estrella makes for a mighty tasty french toast or bread pudding.