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Jun 1, 2013 12:06 AM

M. H. Bread & Butter in San Anselmo

At a dinner party last weekend, I immediately took note of the high quality of the piece of grilled levain accompanying the soup course. Good levain’s scarce on the ground despite the many outstanding bread bakers who call Sonoma County home. I had to know who made it. My friends said they bought it at The Shed in Healdsburg ( ). Another dinner guest said the baker who supplies the bread is starting up a bakery/café and has experience at Tartine. Also that the breads use hand-milled grain from the Shed. A little more sleuthing this week led me to M. H. Bread & Butter that just opened in San Anselmo.

Marinites, tell us about it please!

M. H. Bread & Butter
101 San Anselmo Ave
San Anselmo CA 94960
Tuesday: closed
Full cafe menu coming Mid-June
Where to find MHBB bread -
• Healdsburg Shed 25 North St Healdsburg, CA 95448 707-431-7433. Bread delivered Wednesday-Sunday.
• Bluxome Street Winery- Meet Market. 53 Bluxome St, San Francisco. Monthly, event details:

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  1. I've noticed this space recently, it was a rather incompetently run bakery/lunch place that I stopped into a handful of times last year, The Sweet Life, I think.
    Anyway, they closed recently and I wondered what would happen to the space -they put a lot of work into it and the kitchen prep area is rather large.
    Good to know something promising has opened there. This end of SA Ave suffers, and the whole street seems to shut down in the evenings/on the weekends. We could use more good places out here. I will try to drag my husband there today or tomorrow.

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    1. re: rabaja

      Yes, Marin seems to have less than its fair share of good places to eat. For whatever reason, bakeries seem to be the exception to the rule.

      Here's more about the soup course and the accompanying Gorgonzola toasts on the levain.

      (And please do check out Chowhound's newish Cheese Board.)

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      1. Thanks; great to know that they opened in the defunct Sweet Life space. I found Sweet Life good to mediocre, depending on the item, and quite expensive. I only went a few times. I'll see if I can get to M. H. Bread & Butter today (Sunday).

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        1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

          M. H.'s blog (under the "news" tab on the homepage) says a little more about taking over from Sweet Life.

          Your old post,

        2. I went to M.H. Bread & Butter today and had their Vanilla Brioche, Croissant, and Croque Monsieur (without ham). The Vanilla Brioche ($3.80) had excellent vanilla flavor, but was on the dry side for me; it would have been better heated with butter. The Croissant ($3.50) was excellent, probably as good as croissants get. The Croque Monsieur (without ham, $8) - they may have called it a Croque Madam; not sure - was an excellent interpretation of that French classic, this one including asparagus, made with a slice of their Country Bread. There were also samples of bread available, but by the time I tried the bread I had eaten too much so won't try to report on the bread; I'll leave that for someone else. Also, about the time I was leaving they put a strawberry-with-rhubarb creation in the display case; it was beautiful but alas, I just couldn't eat any. This is the real deal, so please go there and report back on other things.

          A few photos:

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          1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

            So pleased to read a happy customer's report! Glad the promise pans out.

            A croque madame would have an egg.

          2. No more driving to SF and waiting in line at just the right time on just the right day for a Tartine country loaf!
            MHB&B's country loaf is at least the equal of what we've had from Tartine lately! More like what we used to get when Chad was baking out in Pt. Reyes. Small, medium and large loaves baked twice a day!! The epis and the olive bread were fine, too. Dark and crusty, just the way we like 'em. Also tasted a delicious croissant dough cardamom confection. Great!!

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            1. re: gumbolox

              Do you know the approximate time the bakes come out?

              1. re: wally

                Just heard them mention that there would be 2 bakes a day.Didn't get the details, but on one morning visit and one afternoon visit, fresh bread was available without reservation. I'll find out more next time.

                1. re: gumbolox

                  Thanks, i have traveled after a three day reservation to the Mission after 4:45 so less work would be great. I will try later this week.

              2. re: gumbolox

                I value all opinions and want to hear more. But I'll say that I especially wanted to hear from you, gumbolox, exactly because of your familiarity with Robertson's early product and the ensuing Tartine years to draw a bead on just how good this new spot is.

                I hope we'll hear more about any other worthwhile stops in San Anselmo to fill in our trips for bread.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Thanks for the shout out, Melanie. Went to the Wednesday night Churrasco dinner at Mateo's Cucina Latina in Healdsburg this week and wound up talking with Mateo about our first taste of Chad's bread at Manka's when Mateo was chef there back in the 90's.
                  By the way, the Currasco platter of slow wood roasted lamb, duck, and pork was great,accompanied by a nice bunch of local vegetables and quite reasonable at $25. Two of us made a tasty meal of that and an order of guacamole with pumpkin seed crackers and a couple of cocktails!