...or at least the Bay Area, and always excepting my
wife Elise's home-baked loaves warm out of the oven....
In my opinion, has to be Acme. This bakery in
Berkeley, on San Pablo Ave. turns out actual manna. We
drive 80 mi each way to but this bread (well...not as a
sole trip, but still...) The sourdough baguette is
heaven. Ordinarily, I'm a bread and butter man: bread
needs butter to be palatable (or olive oil as an
occasional alternative). Acme's baguette I will eat
like a bag of potato chips; just scarf it down.
Many varieties of bread and they are uniformly good.
Most fun to visit the bakery, San Pablo several blocks
n. of University. Get there early in the day for full
selection. If you can't get there, it's availble in
specialty groceries all around the bay area. For a
while someone was even importing it to Modesto, but no
There are lots of other good bread bakeries in the
area. Many would dispute this being the best; another
with strong partisan following is Tassajara.