Ordinary Good Bread for Sandwiches
Hi - I'm now spending part of the year in Gig Harbor, and I am looking for suggestions for a good bread for toast and sandwiches. I am looking for an ordinary white or multigrain that can be used for a tuna sandwich or a grilled cheese sandwich - but all that I have tried so far are too puffy and have no substance. In the New York area, I buy Pepperidge Farm Original White bread, or, better yet - the dense, chewy Heidleburg Cracked Wheat (see the Heidleburg web site here http://www.heidelbergbakingco.com/). Can I get anything like that at local supermarkets in the Tacoma/Gig Harbor area? Or from local bakeries? I did try the wheat bread from Susanne's Bakery and Deli - it was a good bread, but still much lighter than I am looking for. Any suggestions?
For sandwich bread I like Dave's Killer Bread. You can usually get it at Fred Meyer or QFC. It's particularly good toasted because of the nice chewy texture when toasted. They market the heck out of it so if there are any festivals you can probably find a sample booth or they often have samples at Costco stores.
I'm also a fan of the sandwich loaf breads at Great Harvest Bread Company which has multiple locations. They will run it through the slicer for you. The Old Fashioned White is great for sandwiches as is the Country French. They have one in Tacoma.
If you have any Russian/European Deli stores in the area they often have bread that is really good. The ones I have been to import the dough from Germany and bake it in store. It was like the bread we ate in Czech Republic.