Ok, I'm going nuts. I pride myself on keeping really good notes, on never losing a hot lead. But after weeks of searching, I'm at the end of my rope.
I had dinner six months ago in Old Saybrook at Cafe Routier. Every meal I've had there has been worse than the one before, and this one was pretty depressing. The saving grace was the bread, which was so incredibly good that it literally saved the meal. When my companion saw that I was growing distraught about my entree, she pulled the plate away from me and placed in my hand a big wedge of this bread. I'd already eaten almost a whole loaf, but I still smiled from ear to ear, paid the (whopping) bill cheerfully, and left a happy man. Yes, the bread was THAT good.
I asked the owner where he gets his bread, and he gave me some scraps of information. I went home and researched, learning that they used to run a bakery which was very successful, but now were only baking wholesale...though they'd opened a restaurant. The restaurant and wholesale bakery operation was not in a major town...it was in the sticks. And they'd moved since the days when they did retail baking.
They're kind of known, but not hugely (no, it's not Bantam Bread Company). The owner is an older man who's had many careers, and learned to bake bread late in life. His wife does the cooking. It's expensive.
Can anybody out there help??????