For those of you who have are familiar with these bakeries, how would you rate and compare Acme's pain epi and Acme's sourdough to Tartine's country bread and a comparable bread at Thorough Bread?
On Christmas Eve, I plan to purchase a bushel of oysters from Hog Island Oyster to take down to my family in Orange County on Christmas Day. If decent crab is available at Alioto's fish company (thanks for the great tips, Big Al!), I'll drive from the FB to Fisherman's Wharf to purchase 6-8 large crabs. Last but not least, I need to purchase four large loaves of bread to go with our oysters and crab.
I've never tried Thorough bread, but my favorite bread by far is Tartine's country bread with Acme's pain epi a distant second and Acme's sourdough much further down the list, but significantly above Boudin's sourdough. The sourdough got thrown into the mix b/c sourdough reminds my parents of the Bay Area which they've always enjoyed visiting. They liked Acme's pain epi in the past, but have never sampled Tartine bread.
To make things even more complicated, I'd probably have to p/u Tartine's bread the evening of 12/23 since it's not available until 5pm and either move the oyster and crab p/u to 12/23 or purchase the bread at Tartine on 12/23 and return to S/F on 12/24 to pick up the remaining items. Not a fun trip since I live in Castro Valley in East Bay. Ideally, I'd pick up the seafood as close to our travel date, to minimize their time in our ice chest outdoors.
Of course I could just take the easy way out and purchase Acme's pain epi and maybe a loaf of sourdough when I get my oysters at Hog Island or drive to Church Street from FW, but dedicated Chowhound that I am, I want only the very tastiest and best for my family. Especially since many members are traveling from Houston and NYC.
Care to share your thoughts and/or advice?