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mesafoodie Apr 14, 2011 09:14 AM

What is your favorite bread bakery in the Phoenix area? Please include farmers market purveyors as well. Thanks!

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    aynrandgirl Apr 27, 2011 01:03 PM

    Are there any bakeries that make honest-to-god *sour* sourdough? What I've tried around here barely qualifies, including the atrocious "california goldminer", which is actually baked in *Illinois*.

    Too bad Toscana/Colombo don't seem to ship here, we're not that far from California.

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      recipelover Apr 22, 2011 11:28 AM

      Breadsmith on Power Rd in Mesa

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      Breadsmith
      2831 N Power Rd # 101, Mesa, AZ

      1. Dapuma Apr 20, 2011 01:33 PM

        +1 for MJ's - call ahead and they will make whatever you want

        their brioche makes an amazing bread pudding :)

        1. Jess321 Apr 18, 2011 09:28 PM

          I haven't been in a while, but I love the chocolate cherry sourdough bread from the Phoenician's bakery. You can buy loaves at the hotel, or at some farmer's markets around the valley (though I no longer live here and haven't had the bread since last summer, so I'm unaware of it's availability).

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            avandelay Apr 19, 2011 08:21 AM

            I believe the operation there has been scaled back since their head baker left about a year ago. They are no longer at the Scottsdale market and I don't believe they even make the chocolate cherry bread anymore (which was out of this world).

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              azhotdish Apr 19, 2011 01:30 PM

              Correct - Ben the baker took a position with Bouchon / Per Se in NYC.

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                MesaChow Apr 24, 2011 08:42 AM

                There's another bread company, Jonathan Robins Bakery, has been at the Old Town Farmer's Market in Scottsdale and sometimes has a chocolate baguette. They didn't have it yesterday, or maybe it was gone by the time I visited their booth.

            2. JerryMe Apr 15, 2011 04:47 PM

              I really appreciate Karsh's - NEC of 7th Street and Missouri in the corner of Basha's strip mall. Great fresh breads, bagels and they even have a discount (day old) shelf.

              1. Lunchbox76 Apr 15, 2011 04:39 PM

                I have a great interest in this thread... I think this is a huge hole in the Phoenix area... I can never find good bakery items, especially in the East Valley where I live...

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                  drewb123 Apr 15, 2011 09:00 PM

                  Agree! MJ bread is very good.

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                  avandelay Apr 14, 2011 01:00 PM

                  With Simply Bread gone, Arizona Bread Company is now our favorite. The only place I know of to get their product is at their store at Scottsdale and Shea,

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                  Simply Bread
                  2117 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008

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                    hohokam Apr 14, 2011 01:22 PM

                    In the past, Arizona Bread Company also sold its products at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market on Saturday mornings. I don't look for them when I shop there, so for all I know they could still be participating. Or not. Maybe someone else here knows?

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                    Downtown Phoenix Public Market
                    721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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                      MesaChow Apr 14, 2011 06:11 PM

                      I can't speak to the Downtown market, but I did purchase a few loaves from Arizona Bread Company this Wednesday at the Town & Country Farmers Market. I'm not usually at that market, so I can't say if they are usually there.

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                        kmarg Apr 19, 2011 01:52 PM

                        They were at a farmers market on 40th and Cactus in the little park this saturday.
                        Got jalapeno/cheddar and rosemary. Very good and very fresh.

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                          MesaChow Apr 24, 2011 08:29 AM

                          This past Saturday, Arizona Bread Company was also at the Old Town Farmer's Market in Scottsdale.

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                        kmarg Apr 14, 2011 12:09 PM

                        I like the Simply Bread line. AJ's carries them and a few others. Their cheese breads are very good, as is their basic ciabatta.

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                        Simply Bread
                        2117 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008

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                          AzDumpling Apr 14, 2011 12:12 PM

                          They have gone out of business.

                        2. hohokam Apr 14, 2011 09:23 AM

                          MJ Bread is my favorite these days, but their distribution is very limited. The only retail outlets I know of that carry their products are their shop on Roosevelt and the La Grande Orange grocery store on 40th St (@Campbell).

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                          La Grande Orange Grocery
                          4410 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

                          Tammie Coe Cakes MJ Bread
                          610 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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