I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions of any specialty stores or bakeries in Portland that sell good quality hamburger buns. I don't have a particular style in mind... brioche buns are great, and I also love buns topped with sesame seeds or poppy seeds.
I've been buying my hamburger buns from Shaw's and Hannaford (e.g. the bakery section, not the bread section) but I often find them to be bland and unremarkable. And too often, I've come home with buns that were stale.
I had a glimmer of hope a few weeks back when I saw a poster promoting foods that are local to Maine. It featured a hamburger and then it detailed where each element of the burger was produced. The bun (which looked pretty appetizing) was said to come from Rosemont Market & Bakery. I was skeptical, since I'm at Rosemont at least 2-3 times per week and have never seen hamburger buns there. Sure enough, a follow-up phone call revealed that they don't produce hamburger buns. (I'm assuming that the bun featured in the poster was produced specifically for the poster.)
So now I'm back to square one. I like to think that I do some pretty creative things with hamburgers, but the bun selection consistently leaves me feeling underwhelmed. Who can save me from burger bun boredom?