okay. i panicked! saturday i finally got a chance to head to the north end to do a walk-through based on things i'd read here on chowhound. i was sans kids (a 10-month old and 3 year-old) and so here was my chance to get around without extra baggage. i went into all 4 bakeries but panicked. i was afraid to pick the wrong thing and then end up wrongly judging these places. and most of them were packed! so, i was pretty sure that the crowd would not have appreciated my indecision when i got to the front of the line.
anyone willing to weigh in on what i should take home from each of the 4?
thank you chowhounders! and i look forward to my return to the north end with a bit more information!