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French bread loafs in DTW

RedTop Nov 4, 2013 11:41 AM

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.

  1. b
    BobRe Nov 4, 2013 01:10 PM

    You might check stores that carry Zingerman's breads:



    1. coney with everything Nov 5, 2013 05:36 AM

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

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        VTB Nov 5, 2013 06:09 AM

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

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        1. re: VTB
          RedTop Nov 7, 2013 03:49 AM

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

        2. g
          gan911 Nov 5, 2013 08:24 AM

          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
            RedTop Nov 5, 2013 08:31 AM

            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. :)

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            grouper Nov 5, 2013 11:01 AM

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

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              Dblcorona Nov 5, 2013 11:58 AM

              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. m
                Michigan Mishuganer Nov 6, 2013 01:26 PM

                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
                  RedTop Nov 7, 2013 03:52 AM

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

                2. m
                  Michigan Mishuganer Nov 6, 2013 01:29 PM

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

                  1. m
                    Michigan Mishuganer Nov 7, 2013 05:50 AM

                    Avalon Bakery? Italia Bakery (WIndsor)?

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