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Aug 27, 2011 08:22 AM

Baguette that actually tastes authentic

The most authentic baguette I've had in Philly is from Parc. But if I'm not in center city, I'll grab one at Metropolitan and I'm sorry to say....the crust isn't crisp as it should be. Any suggestions for where else a really good baguette can be found (other than France!). Thank you.

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  1. Artisan Boulanger on the corner of 12th and Morris.

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    1. re: Buckethead

      If you are in the burbs try Crossroads Bakery in Doylestown.

        1. re: Bigley9

          I wish I lived near them. I remember their bread from Pif.

        2. re: Buckethead

          +2 artisan boulanger, plus its a mere $2 for a 2 foot loaf

          1. re: RitterSportRules

            Never heard of any of these places...thank you!

          2. I second Alice's in North Wales.

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              1. re: Bacchus101

                +4 Alice 's and second Crossroads - also St. Peter's Bakery makes a nice baguette

                1. re: bucksguy14

                  +5 Alice's, made the schlep and excellent baguette. Ciabatta great as well.

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    +6 for Alice. I loved their 3 year aged gouda bread as well. Amazing.

                  2. re: bucksguy14

                    I can't speak for the French Authenticity of it, but I do love St. Peter's Bakery baguettes!

              2. Parc makes one of the best loaves in the city along with Modo Mio and Vetri. Have not found a baguette anywhere in city that comes close to French baguette. In NY easy, here not so. Did not find Artisan Boulanger to work for me. Crispy crust. still a little too dense, similar in style to those l would get in Hanoi; again not bad, just not what l am looking for. My ideal was in movie 'Diva' where Richard Boehringer opens the baguette and it is empty inside, perfect for me.

                1. If you're ever up around New Hope, C'est La Vie is a sure bet.... Run by an actual French fellow.

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                  1. re: cava8

                    out in Narberth, Perrier's Art of Bread had perfectly competent baguettes (at least the 1 time I wen there). They weren't the sort of baguette that would make them stand out in Paris, but not unlike what you'd find at a local boulangerie there.