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Baguette that actually tastes authentic

DaisyM Aug 27, 2011 08:22 AM

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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    Buckethead RE: DaisyM Aug 27, 2011 09:01 AM

    Artisan Boulanger on the corner of 12th and Morris.

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      cwdonald RE: Buckethead Aug 27, 2011 10:11 AM

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

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        Bigley9 RE: Buckethead Aug 27, 2011 12:55 PM

        +1 for Artisan Boulanger!

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          JanR RE: Bigley9 Aug 28, 2011 06:04 AM

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

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          kasiav RE: Buckethead Aug 28, 2011 11:54 AM

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

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          RitterSportRules RE: DaisyM Aug 27, 2011 10:38 AM

          Alice Bakery in North Wales

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            DaisyM RE: RitterSportRules Aug 27, 2011 12:11 PM

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

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            Unkle Al RE: DaisyM Aug 27, 2011 12:14 PM

            I second Alice's in North Wales.

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              Bacchus101 RE: Unkle Al Aug 27, 2011 02:43 PM

              +3 Alice Bakery

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                bucksguy14 RE: Bacchus101 Aug 27, 2011 06:47 PM

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

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                  Delucacheesemonger RE: bucksguy14 Sep 2, 2011 12:12 PM

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

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                    pbplus RE: Delucacheesemonger Mar 13, 2012 06:02 PM

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

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                    cgarner RE: bucksguy14 Sep 7, 2011 09:54 AM

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

              2. Delucacheesemonger RE: DaisyM Aug 27, 2011 01:57 PM

                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.

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                  cava8 RE: DaisyM Aug 27, 2011 03:42 PM

                  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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                    Bob Loblaw RE: cava8 Aug 28, 2011 04:29 AM

                    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.

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                    MrMarsellus RE: DaisyM Aug 28, 2011 05:02 AM

                    Agiato in Manayunk hired the original baker from Parc to produce all of the bread for the restaurant from their in-house bakery. The baguettes are phenomenal, and are actually sold every day at the Main Street Market, just a few doors away from the restaurant. According to a sign I saw, they just won Best Bread from Main Line Today Magazine. Definitely the crispiest crust I've seen in Philadelphia.

                    Main Street Market
                    140 S Main St, Smyrna, DE 19977

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                      Delucacheesemonger RE: MrMarsellus Aug 31, 2011 10:47 AM

                      Now that was a baguette. Thank you for leading me to Agiato. l am damn near eating the whole thing while l type.

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                        DaisyM RE: Delucacheesemonger Sep 2, 2011 12:11 PM

                        We just got back from a bike ride and picked one up at Main Street Market. EXCELLENT!!! Thank you.

                        Main Street Market
                        140 S Main St, Smyrna, DE 19977

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                      barryg RE: DaisyM Aug 28, 2011 10:11 AM

                      Ba Le on Washington Ave also has very crispy baguette, though I suspect they are more "Hanoi" style than French (operated by Vietnamese, like Artisan Boulangerie). I have not had baguette in France or many noteworthy ones outside of Phila, but FWIW the crust is a bit more "crumbly" than Parc, if that makes sense.

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                        Philly Ray RE: barryg Aug 28, 2011 02:35 PM

                        Not to split hairs, but I'm pretty sure that the owners of Artisan are Cambodian, not Vietnamese.

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                          barryg RE: Philly Ray Aug 28, 2011 03:11 PM

                          You're right, I didn't know that. http://www.artisanboulangerpatissier....

                      2. NYChristopher RE: DaisyM Aug 29, 2011 10:33 PM

                        +3 Artisan Boulanger ... best in town, different than Faragali (French, not Italian) and still better.

                        1. RC51Mike RE: DaisyM Mar 14, 2012 04:28 AM

                          Another vote for St. Peter's. I don't know if they have the authenticity the OP is looking for but I'm addicted to them.

                          Also, try Bon Appetit north of Wilmington. Louisette who owns it is a French expat and particular about what she makes and sells.

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                            Chefmonty RE: RC51Mike Mar 14, 2012 07:39 AM

                            Bakers on Broad in Souderton. Don't know why they always seem to fly under the radar. Great European style breads and pastry

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                              bucksguy14 RE: Chefmonty Mar 17, 2012 12:59 PM

                              +1 for Bakers on Broad. Not that crazy about the pastry, but really like the breads, especially the Country Grain and the Complet loaves.

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