What's your favorite local bread?
I usually get Grand Central's como or sourdough, depending on what I want, and I generally feel that Grand Central is the best local bakery for traditional styles. Sometimes I pick up a ficelle from Panzanella if I'm cooking for myself but still want bread to go with it.
Beyond that, I've not been terribly impressed. Essential is decent in a pinch, but not as good as Grand Central (however, I do like the pan de muerto they make in October). Macrina seems to put a lot more effort into their pastries than their breads. Tall Grass's bread has never done much for me.
Who makes an appropriately crusty French baguette? I like the baguettes at Cafe Presse - do they make them in house or do they contract it out to someone?