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May 2, 2013 04:34 AM

Wonderful French bread loaves at 7 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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  1. 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

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

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

      1. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: shoo bee doo

            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.


            1. re: shoo bee doo

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

              1. re: sandylc

                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.

                1. re: shanemio

                  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!

                  1. re: sandylc

                    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.

                2. re: sandylc

                  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.

                3. re: shoo bee doo

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

                4. 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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                  1. re: foreverhungry

                    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.

                    1. re: shoo bee doo

                      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.

                      1. re: foreverhungry

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

                      2. re: shoo bee doo

                        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.