Good rye bread?
Does anyone know of a MD source of good rye bread? I'm in the Columbia area,
and don't want to drive into NOVA or DC. Hope someone can recommend a place
generally in Mont. or How. Co.
Try Upper Crust Bakery in Silver Spring (Colesville), MD. They have very good German large loaf rye bread daily - will sell a loaf - and a smaller loaf which they term Jewish rye bread on Fri/Sat/Sun. They are closed on Monday. They have a nice selection of breads and rolls but you need to get there before noon for a good selection. If you call ahead they will hold items for you. They are located in the Giant shopping center on Randolph Road at the corner of New Hampsire Avenue.
I think Upper Crust is great or at least last time I went. Do call as suggested.
Upper Crust Bakery
13488 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Snider's carries some bread from Uptown I think which is wonderful (I usually get the baguettes) and I've had a rye once - it is not a New York Rye.
Snider's Super Market
1936 Seminary Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910-1366
I hate to say mean things about a place, so it took me a couple days to decide about posting this. I went to Parizers Kosher Bakery a couple days ago to test the rye bread. Also got some rugelach and hamentashen. I could not tell you what flavor rugelach I had - the filling was red with no taste, and the cookie was very (too) soft. Hamentashen were better, but if I didn't know better I'd say the cookie was a tad stale.
And the rye bread. Well, it was definitely great loaf of bread. But it had no rye flavor. I got my mom a loaf too, she's the one who has been craving good rye bread, and she said the same thing.
We used to get the best rye bread from an Italian deli in Parma, Ohio when we lived there. My mom keeps talking about it, so I guess my search continues.
Have you tried the rye bread from Bon Fresco? It's pretty good, not necessarily as fantastic as the rest of the breads, and not the traditional shape, but it might meet your needs. The one issue is they only bake it on certain days of the week. I believe Wednesdays is one of the days, but you probably need to ask to make sure of the schedule. I do know that Friday is challah day, and theirs are very, very good.