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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.

                  2. 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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                    1. re: MrMarsellus

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

                      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                        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

                    2. 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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                      1. re: barryg

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

                      2. +3 Artisan Boulanger ... best in town, different than Faragali (French, not Italian) and still better.

                        1. 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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                          1. re: RC51Mike

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

                            1. re: Chefmonty

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