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Rye Bread In Seattle

JayDK Jun 16, 2011 06:47 PM

Who do you think has good rye bread in Seattle.
Delis, bakeries, butcher shops, etc.
I'm making rye this weekend and want to give it to places so that they can compare mine with what they are currently using.

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    WikiAdam RE: JayDK Jun 16, 2011 08:56 PM

    I can't provide you with a definitive list, but the caraway rye at Stopsky's Delicatessen on Mercer Island is fantastic.

    Stopsky's Delicatessen
    3016 78th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

    1. knowspicker RE: JayDK Jun 17, 2011 09:10 AM

      If you can find one of the Russian Deli/shops they usually have a great rye bread available. Really great rye bread. I like the next to darkest version.

      Macrina Bakery has a good rye bread.

      Macrina Bakery & Cafe
      2408 1st Ave, Seattle, WA

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        JayDK RE: knowspicker Jun 17, 2011 08:19 PM

        How do you find Russian Deli's and shops?

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          knowspicker RE: JayDK Jun 18, 2011 08:41 AM

          The 2 I used to buy bread at have both closed unfortunately.... From Russia With Love and Bravo. There was one in Kenmore near Grocery Outlet but I haven't been out there in a long time so I can't say whether they are still open or not.

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            PeteSeattle RE: JayDK Jun 21, 2011 03:42 PM

            Try the Russian Food market at the corner of West Valley Highway and Strander Blvd, near Southcenter. They have rye bread. Russian rye bread is radically different from the American/German product we see in American grocery stores.
            First of all, NO DAMN CARAWAY SEEDS! (yay!)
            Second, the loaves aren't made in the US. They're made in BC and trucked in.
            Third, demand is quite high, so turnover is high.
            They include no wheat flour
            Each loaf weighs around six pounds, and might cost $4.00

            Forget the factory-made plastic American/German stuff. Go to the Russian Food Store there and get something that's really good.

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              PeteSeattle RE: PeteSeattle Jul 8, 2011 11:34 AM

              There's a Russian deli between 135-145th and Aurora on Aurora, on the east side of Aurora, there's one on Sunset Dr at Union in Renton Called "Vladimir's" I think. There's one in Auburn on Auburn way just south of 277th, there's one in Bellevue north of I-90 on 148th.
              Do you need more stores? Often they're called "European food stores" or something because the cuisine they offer can include Russian, Polish, East European, and Northwest Asian (Caucasian) cuisine. Caviar and kasha.

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          oliveoyl RE: JayDK Jun 17, 2011 07:39 PM

          Tall Grass & Macrina both make nice rye .. Tall Grass’ is very dense and seedy, it’s great

          1. paulj RE: JayDK Jun 17, 2011 09:18 PM

            Eurobake in Portland supplies a variety of Eastern European and Middle Eastern breads to area shops. I'm not a big fan of rye bread so can't tell you about its quality, but I like other items from them (e.g. a raisin braid, nazook http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/13233 ).

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              tsquare RE: JayDK Jul 2, 2011 04:11 PM

              There are a number of people who's opinions I trust who like the Rye bread from Columbia City Bakery.

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                tsquare RE: tsquare Jul 18, 2011 08:01 PM

                Just wanted to confirm that Columbia City Bakery makes a very nice loaf. Crispy crust, consistent crumb, and excellent rye flavor. No caraway, no corn meal (a good Jewish deli rye would include both caraway seeds (or those little black seeds - chernushka) and cornmeal on the bottom, if it were labeled "corn rye"). It's just a good yeasty loaf.

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                PeteSeattle RE: JayDK Jul 5, 2011 02:10 PM

                I was thinking of this, and I realized that Rye Bread in Seattle comes in five different forms, from five different cultures, and trying to compare one culture's rye bread to another's is like comparing Injera and tortillas. And each culture exists here in Seattle in about equal numbers, so the appelation RYE bread isn't specific enough unless you somehow eliminate the other cultures from your consideration, which is quite a feat! (Not a good idea in Seattle)
                What I know about, and where I know to get the bread,
                GERMAN/JEWISH: these are the soft, commercially produced loaves redolent of kummel (caraway) that are used for making Reuben sandwiches. Available in Fred Meyer's
                RUSSIAN These are the heavy loaves without kummel that are usually unsliced available from Russian food stores, and look like they belong in a Bruegel painting.
                DANISH: These are dense loaves about the size and weight of a brick, sliced 1/8" thick, that are used for open-faced Danish sandwiches. Available at some QFC's, and also at Ikea
                SWEDISH These are called Rye crisps, and are rounds of bread about 15" in diameter with a hole in them, available at Ikea, some QFC's, like the one on Juanita Road in Bothell, wherever UFF DA can be heard. Call the Swedish Cultural Center for a distributor near you.
                PURITAN This is a truly Creole product, made of rye flour and molasses and raisins, available in cans from any grocery store. I couldn't guess who has the best, since I might have had this bread about twice in my life. The others I eat all the time.
                If you're Swedish it doesn't mean that you refuse to eat Russian bread, and vice versa, but the breads are known by the national appelations given above.
                If you have a use, like serving a buffet with dips, then Swedish rye crisps are best, and if you can't find Danish rye bread it's a mistake to try to use one of the other forms instead, and face it: a slice or two of Boston Brown bread wouldn't make a very good Reuben!

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                  JayDK RE: PeteSeattle Jul 5, 2011 02:18 PM

                  nice synopsis!

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