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Kneaded Bread in Port Chester

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Nobody talks much about Kneaded Bread (181 N Main St, Port Chester). It preceded the goormay incursion in Port Chester, which I guess relegates it to "townie" status amid the likes of Tarry Market, etc etc. But they've been baking really well for years now.

I stopped in today for two very tricky items: a cheese danish (when was the last time you had a truly great cheese danish?) and a whole wheat croissant, which I'm told is so hard to do well it's nearly a contradiction in terms. I've never had one worth a damn.

The danish was a master class in balance. It's not a tricky thing to bake, but so many factors need to be in balance for it to really pop. And pop it did; the sweet glaze, the buttery bland crust, the cheese texture and proportion and the nearly subliminal lemon all worked together to create an ur-cheese danish. The danish you dream in your dreams of cheese danish. Right on point.

And I've never had a successful whole wheat croissant before. Few even attempt it. It had the flavor/aroma/texture of the bran and germ, but it wasn't weighed down in the least. Really couldn't find anything the least bit wrong.

This place deserves way more respect. Nothing fancy, but the skill and touch just can't be beat, even compared to, say, City Bakery.

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  1. Their bread is really really good.

    1. fyi- the same people own "Q" in portchester

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      1. re: 51rich

        51rich,

        I've heard mixed things about Q. Is it worthy, from your point of view?

        thanks,

        50reasonablycomfortable

        1. re: Jim Leff

          Q is not really good enough for a destination, but it is about the best anywheres nearby.But the again I was spoiled years ago by pearson's bbq (long gone) from stratford and then closer, which i found far better than any other places nearby,including most of the highly touted nyc places.Back on subject Q will at least be considered good and would definitely recommend that you give it a try

      2. It really is fantastic. We go often with our young kids and it's the perfect early start to our day. I'm addicted to their mixed berry scone but everything from their muffins to doughnuts to brioches is wonderful.

        1. What makes you think this place doesn't receive sufficient "respect"?

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          1. re: mrsdebdav

            Quantity of press, online postings/ratings, presence in "best-of" roundups, mention here and generally among food-lovers, and sufficiently superlative language when it is mentioned. I always, for example, mention it when I meet people from Port Chester, and a surprising number have never even heard of the place.

            You may disagree. But that's not nearly as interesting a discussion as exchange of notes/tips for good stuff to try. Or even dissent from people who think I'm over-praising.

            1. re: Jim Leff

              Next time try the chocolate challah. Sounds as if it could be disgusting, but it's quite addictive. (Chunks of cholcolate scattered through quite good challah.)

          2. I think they just stopped talking about it!!! It is very good and I think there have been many mentions. Always welcome a new one!!

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