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Wonderful French bread loaves at 7 am......

soccermom13 May 2, 2013 04:34 AM

Sometimes I want to bring French bread to work and I need it EARLY. I got 6 loaves this week at 7 am at Breadsmith and I was so disappointed. Even though they told me when I ordered it that it would be baked very early that am, it tasted to me like they baked it the day before then stored it in plastic bags overnight. It was so nasty that I suspect they may possibly have committed the grievous sin of putting it into the bags warm (a sin committed daily at Whole Paycheck).

Where would you go if you wanted really good French bread at 7 am? FYI---I live in Mac Groveland in St. Paul and work in downtown St. Paul.


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    JimGrinsfelder RE: soccermom13 May 2, 2013 05:14 AM

    Rustica baguettes are available at Coastal Seafoods on Snelling at Grand but not at 7 AM.

    Rustica's products are available at Mississipi Market at Selby & Dale. It opens at 8 am, but I don't know when they get deliveries.

    Does Bread & Chocolate make anything that fits your bill? They open at 6:30 am.

    How about Trung Nam? I'm not sure when they open.

    739 University Ave W St Paul, MN 55104‎
    (651) 229-0887

    I prefer the baguettes at Kowalski's or Whole Foods to those at Breadsmith. And that's very sad for Breadsmith.

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    1. re: JimGrinsfelder
      eastsidegirl RE: JimGrinsfelder May 2, 2013 07:36 AM

      Mississippi Market doesn't get their Rustica delivery until about 11 AM.

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      kuan RE: soccermom13 May 2, 2013 05:29 AM

      If you want you can pop them back in your oven for a few minutes to recreate that fresh baked French bread feeling.

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        docfood RE: soccermom13 May 2, 2013 08:04 AM

        Trung Nam French Bakery
        739 University Ave W
        St Paul, MN 55104

        Great french bread, and they usually run out by noon, so I think earlier is better.

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          shoo bee doo RE: soccermom13 May 2, 2013 08:35 AM

          There's Chez Arnaud on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. I don't know what time they open but they definitely have French baguettes.

          I've never tried their baguettes, but I love their pastries with coffee.


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            shoo bee doo RE: shoo bee doo May 2, 2013 08:41 AM

            I was curious myself what time they opened, so I called them. They open at 7:00 am.

            Their baquette is $2.75 and was voted Best Baguette in the Twin Cities by Alliance Francaise.


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              sandylc RE: shoo bee doo May 2, 2013 07:40 PM

              The website doesn't work. I have been curious about Chez Arnaud; I hope they're surviving.

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                shanemio RE: sandylc May 3, 2013 12:05 PM

                They indeed are surviving and have a wonderful assortment of fresh breads, including baguettes. I especially love the leave looking one, that is individual sized rolls baked together and has some great French name I don't remember.
                I also love their pastries. GO! Support this store! It beats the crap out of Wuollets across the street.

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                  sandylc RE: shanemio May 3, 2013 02:39 PM

                  Yeah, I don't care for Woullet.

                  You are speaking most likely of an epi. The dough is formed into a baguette shape, then cut almost all the way through from alternating sides, then these cut pieces are sort of pulled out to the sides before rising and baking.

                  I am glad to hear they are doing well - we will stop by next time we are in the neighborhood. A great bakery is always welcome!

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                    shanemio RE: sandylc May 14, 2013 07:33 AM

                    Epi - exactly. Thanks. I love the way it looks, but prefer a baguette for eating...less crust. A personal preference. I will say, though, if you are doing a dinner party and plunk your bread in the middle of the table, this is a great centerpiece.

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                  splatgirl RE: sandylc May 3, 2013 02:24 PM

                  I can attest to the splendor of Chez Arnaud baguette and that they seem to be thriving. I drop by the Maple Grove location whenever I am passing by and it's never not busy.

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                  gryffindor249 RE: shoo bee doo May 6, 2013 01:50 PM

                  But that location is only a commissary...so they are not fresh out the oven...they are baked elsewhere and brought in.

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                  foreverhungry RE: soccermom13 May 2, 2013 07:19 PM

                  Chez Arnaud on Grand would be a good place to start. I think they open at 7. Never had their baguettes, though.

                  Sun Street in S. MPLS has excellent baguettes, and they open at 6:30. Yes, out of your way, but an option.

                  Lastly, more out of your way, but excellent, is Patisserie 46. Open at 7, and the best baguettes I've had in the Twin Cities.

                  Trung Nam doesn't open until 8. That's been an issue with me, I've wanted to get croissants from them for work, but alas, they're not open when it works for me.

                  Other than Chez Arnaud (unknown to me, as yet), I don't think there are quality baguettes to be had in STP at that time, at least none that I have found. For that matter, there just aren't many quality baguettes to be found in STP at any hour.

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                    shoo bee doo RE: foreverhungry May 2, 2013 09:49 PM

                    Rustica delivers pastries and breads to Kopplins coffee shop on Marshall Avenue. Kopplins opens at 6 in the morning. I've seen baguettes there. I would give them a call.

                    Their delivery might be the same as the Mississippi Market's delivery, which is 11:00 am.

                    foreverhungry, you can't say that Rustica baguettes sold at these places are not the best quality.

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                      foreverhungry RE: shoo bee doo May 3, 2013 08:12 AM

                      I've never had a Rustica baguette sold anywhere other than Rustica, and I don't know how widespread their deliveries are. I also haven't had a Rustica baguette in quite a while, so I can't specifically speak to their quality.

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                        sandylc RE: foreverhungry May 3, 2013 08:58 AM

                        Rustica was named one of the top ten bakeries in the country a couple of years ago.

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                        JimGrinsfelder RE: shoo bee doo May 3, 2013 10:16 AM

                        Shoo, if Rustica doesn't deliver in St. Paul before 11 am their product isn't available when the OP wants it.

                        Patisserie 46 beats Rustica? Gotta try them.

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                          sandylc RE: JimGrinsfelder May 3, 2013 02:40 PM

                          Nah. Rustica beats Patisserie 46.

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                            getgot211 RE: sandylc May 3, 2013 02:57 PM


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                            gryffindor249 RE: JimGrinsfelder May 6, 2013 01:51 PM

                            They are both phenomenal.

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                            stepawayfromthetable RE: shoo bee doo May 3, 2013 03:49 PM

                            You can find Rustica at Seward Co-op too.

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                          parkermsp RE: soccermom13 May 4, 2013 04:56 AM

                          Rustica does beat P. 46, but I would put the Salty Tart baguette above both of them.

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                            mitch cumstein RE: parkermsp May 7, 2013 06:15 AM

                            I prefer the P 46. I will say that when Rustica was in its old location on 46th street, it was turning out far better product than it is now. I have them both frequently and the p46 is just killing it right now. As far as the Salty tart goes, its a very tasty piece of bread, but it has an oil content to it that is very different than traditional baguette. Its salty, and has almost a fried texture to the outside/inside and while it is delicious it isnt fair to compare it to the other baguette. My 2 cents.

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                              parkermsp RE: mitch cumstein May 7, 2013 03:51 PM

                              Inasmuch as they are both cylindrical bread products for the everyday purpose of oil, butter, cheese or cured meat conveyance, I do think it is fair to compare them; they do however seem to hail from different regions of France. The P. 46 is pure Paris, while the Salty Tart, your description of which is spot-on, is reminscent in almost every way of what we've enjoyed in the south--Languedoc/Provence. It is saltier, true to its name, but this enhances almost everything about it. I wish it were available elsewhere.
                              On the opposite end, New French has to be the worst baguette in the Twin Cities.

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                            soccermom13 RE: soccermom13 May 4, 2013 05:16 AM

                            'Hounds, you are the BEST! Thank you so much for this terrific info. Looks like Chez Arnaud is my best bet and I will scope it out this week by swinging by EARLY to get a loaf of Fr. bread.

                            I too love, love, love the Fr. bread at Trung Nam but that 8 am start time does not work for me if it's a work event. Further, I have a little trust issue with them because a couple of years ago I pre-ordered some loaves to pick up at noon on Friday of that week. When I got there, at noon that Friday, THEY WERE CLOSED!!!!!!!!!! I was stunned that they would take my order, tell me that they would be open, and then be closed.

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                              JimGrinsfelder RE: soccermom13 May 8, 2013 03:17 PM

                              I just went to Chez Arnaud.

                              Best Pan au Chocolat I've ever had in St. Paul. Well worth the visit just for that.

                              The Chez Arnaud Baguette is very very good as well. It's got a more tender crust than the Rustica baguette (it'd be nearly impossible not to). And I like that. The interior is more uniform than Rusticas and less elastic, but still very good. If I could dial it ever so slightly more rustica-like on the interior without changing the crust, I believe I'd prefer that imaginary baguette to either Rustica or Chez Arnauds. As it is, I call it a tossup between the two.

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                                sandylc RE: JimGrinsfelder May 8, 2013 05:35 PM

                                Hi, Jim, I was thoughtful after reading your post. I have only been to Paris once, but my memory of the baguettes there was of extremely crisp, thick, hard crust. Out of curiosity, I did some googling and came up with this:


                                Great reading. Still not sure about our local baguettes by comparison - I guess I need to do more research!

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                              kuan RE: soccermom13 May 7, 2013 06:46 AM

                              What about New French Bakery? Do they still have a retail counter?

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                                ibew292 RE: kuan May 7, 2013 06:58 AM

                                Opens at 8:30

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