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French bread loafs in DTW

My lack of discernment bit me again over the weekend; to the tune of $2.99 for a sliced loaf of plastic-bagged "French Bread". Wasn't. It was just bagged bread. I've loved real french bread for decades. Seems to me any Detroit bakery worth its salt could offer this simple item.


I've struck out the past five times I've bought "French Bread". Three of those five times were at bakeries.

So, can any Detroit Chowhounds point me in the direction of the real thing? I'd travel a ways from the eastside to buy a loaf or two occasionally.

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  1. You might check stores that carry Zingerman's breads:



    1. What bakeries did you try, and have you gone to Petit Prince in B'ham? The owners are seriously French

      1. Was Natalie's at John R and 13 Mile one that you tried? They are solid.

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        1. re: VTB

          We'll be stopping in to Natalie's early afternoon today.

        2. crispellis at 12/woodward isn't bad or expensive. i hate it when people charge 3-4 bucks for a baguette...
          or do you not mean baguettes??

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          1. re: gan911

            None of those three. Thanks all, for the tips. Wife and me are making a day trip Thursday or Friday, so we'll be able to peek into all three bakeries. :)

          2. Have you tried Give Thanks Bakery in Rochester? He has some seriously good bread there!

            1. I know it's a drive but maybe you may know someone closer, but I really like the bread at the Holiday Market in Canton. It was originally leased to Stone House Bread out of Leland, MI. They pulled out of there but they are still making IMO really good bread.

              1. if you are near a Meijer, the Ace baguette ( from Canada) is pretty good & so is the Kroger Private Selection baguette
                Whole Foods & Plum Market also have breads with no preservatives if you don't have a good bakery nearby.

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                1. re: Michigan Mishuganer

                  I've bought the Private Selection baguette several times in the past year. Really looking for a more authentic or "throwback" loaf.

                2. are you near any farmers markets? w/the newish MI cottage food law,home baked goods are sometimes available

                  1. Avalon Bakery? Italia Bakery (WIndsor)?

                    1. I see that Crispelli's is coming to West Bloomfield. Planning to open in Sept @ 6690 Orchard Lake; the same plaza as Pickles & Rye.

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                      1. re: rainsux

                        Yeah, but a lot of the draw of the place is now gone for me. They no longer have the mandarin orange salad that they used to include as a side with their sandwiches, and with that gone, it's just...less tempting by far.

                        Don't get me wrong: I wish them well, and they certainly seem to have struck a chord in Berkley, there. Good on them for doing so. I just don't like the fact that the best thing they had has been costed out.

                      2. I know this was from last year but Crust bakery inside of Westborn Market is VERY strong. They have amazing breads and the best salted chocolate chip cookies.