Have been tasting A LOT of "artisan" breads from DC and the Durham/Cary/Chapel Hill area lately. I've read through other boards and Breadline, Marvelous Market, Firehook, Cenan's, Best Buns, and Baguette Republic seem to be the local favorites for places to buy. Can anyone rank these places comparatively? Exclude pastries in your decision-making.
For a basis of comparisson: I have tried both the olive and the walnut raisin loaves at the Breadline, thought they were okay. Weaver St. Market in Chapel Hill makes a far better Walnut Raisin and olive loaf, and Guglhupf's olive ciabatta is better too (though different). Have not had the other DC-area places at all or recently enough to compare. Marvelous Mkt and Cenan's are at the top of my list for next to try.
For those who've been in NC, in general I prefer Weaver St. breads a little more than Guglhupf's (except I LOVE Guglhupf's Pumpkin Seed & Cheese). I also like La Farm's cheese-flavored loaves.