Oakland's Firebrand Artisan Breads, a brick-oven bakery with limited distribution in the Bay Area, sells a sourdough loaf that impressed TopoTail. Made of unbleached wheat, whole wheat, and rye flours, the sourdough is "one of the best loaves of bread I have ever tasted," TopoTail says. "Really crispy crust, moist and chewy inside, packed with flavor."
Lucky Ruth Lafler happened upon Firebrand bread more than two years ago at a restaurant. She bemoans the very limited distribution so far, but agrees that the bread is delicious.
Firebrand's website notes that its breads are sold at Bi-Rite Market and Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco. (Bi-Rite even filmed an interview with the Firebrand baker describing his technique, which you can check out here.)
Bi-Rite Market [Mission District]
3639 18th Street, San Francisco
Rainbow Grocery [Mission District]
1745 Folsom Street, San Francisco
Sightglass Coffee [SOMA]
270 Seventh Street, San Francisco
Fifth Floor [SOMA]
12 Fourth Street, San Francisco
Disco Volante [East Bay]
347 14th Street, Oakland
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