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jerseyjanice Aug 20, 2012 09:10 AM

I'm from NJ - where bread is king. You can't find better rolls (not buns!) anywhere else.

Need to find really great sandwich rolls that I can buy buy the dozens and freeze. I'm in the north suburbs and will be willing to drive to the city.

  1. twodales Aug 21, 2012 07:23 PM

    Marianos has a decent little bakery and a nice variety too.

    1. weinstein5 Aug 21, 2012 06:41 PM

      Tel Aviv Kosher bakery in west rogers park - 2944 West Devon Avenue Chicago, IL 60659
      (773) 764-8877

      Excellent bakery - especially their french onion rolls -

      1. camusman Aug 20, 2012 09:39 AM

        Try Damato's on Grand Ave. in Chicago.

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          jerseyjanice Aug 20, 2012 09:56 AM

          This sounds like a great option. I'll drive down this week and check it out!

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            nsxtasy Aug 20, 2012 10:20 AM

            Some of the D'Amato's breads are available at Marketplace on Oakton and at Produce World, both in Skokie. But I don't recall seeing any D'Amato's sandwich rolls at either place.

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              ferret Aug 20, 2012 10:55 AM

              Well, you can make a sandwich with the tomato focaccia, but that's probably overkill.

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            gordeaux Aug 22, 2012 04:47 AM

            Damato's are definitely less dense than Turano / gonnella. It was my first thought for an answer.

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            ferret Aug 20, 2012 09:39 AM

            That's really open-ended. Any particular type of sandwich? This is a city with countless bakery options. Some of my favorites are not even "artisanal" such as the Torta rolls at Costco and LaBriola's pretzel rolls (also available at Costco). There are also options like the Italian sandwich rolls (Gonella, Turano) and challah-based rolls like Tel-Aviv's hot dog roll with onions baked in.

            You gotta give us something to work with.

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              jerseyjanice Aug 20, 2012 09:47 AM

              OK --
              I'm not interested in artisanal bread. I've tried Gonella and Turano, thinking these would be what I'm looking for, but they are too dense. I do love LaBriola pretzel rolls -- but only buy these when I want a pretzel roll.

              Looking for something a little lighter than the gonella/turano

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                Querencia Aug 20, 2012 06:27 PM

                Since you're North, swing by Devon Avenue and check out Fresh Farms Market, corner Talman & Devon. They have a wide variety of ethnic breads and for sandwiches I was pleased with Samoon rolls because they're big and flat---plenty of sandwich surface. If these aren't what you are looking for just move on in a westerly direction to Tel Aviv Bakery (which someone already suggested) as their challah rolls and "French" rolls (elongated and filled with onions) are super for sandwiches. Another option is Tony's Finer Foods, 8900 N Greenwood, just above Dempster in Niles---one gargantuan store crammed with interesting possibilities.

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                  nsxtasy Aug 21, 2012 08:02 AM

                  You can also find a huge variety of ethnic breads and rolls in Skokie at both the places I mentioned:

                  Marketplace on Oakton - www.marketplaceonoakton.com
                  Produce World - www.produceworldmarket.com

                  Produce World also has locations on Dempster in Morton Grove (right behind Kappy's) and in Norridge.

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                    ferret Aug 23, 2012 06:12 PM

                    FYI, while in Jewel today I ran across a new (to me) Turano roll, the "Soft Sub Roll." Looks very much like the rolls at Jersey Mike's.

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                      jerseyjanice Aug 23, 2012 06:21 PM

                      Thanks -- I will check it out! Funnily enough, I was stocking up on paper products at Sam's Club yesterday and came across rolls there -- "petite, white hoagie rolls" Bought them and
                      tried them today and they were surprisingly good. Soft with Lots of air holes when I sliced it in half, which is what I'm looking for. 24 for $4.74. I froze 20. We shall see how they defrost.

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