We had brunch yesterday at Vin Rouge in Durham. They gave us a little tin bucket filled with sourdough bread slices. As a transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area, I didn't expect much... I've tried many sourdoughs at many places around the Triangle and none are "San Francisco style" - or taste.
But imagine my astonishment to see the proper thick crust, air pockets, and slightly chewy texture I had been missing, along with a good sourdough taste. I asked where they sourced their bread and my waiter said it came from Vita.
A quick GPS search, and in no time I was at Vita Cafe and Restaurant next to Parizade in Erwin Square Plaza on Main St.
30 seconds later I was walking out the door with a big loaf of sourdough for $4.
If I wanted to be a total snob and nitpicking jerk, I could say the crust was just a bit hard and thick, making for difficult slicing. And that the loft was just a bit low. But that would be silly, given that this is the only source I have found around here for a sourdough loaf with the qualities I remember from California. Recommended to those with a hankerin' for a bite of San Francisco.