I really enjoy a fresh, nicely crafted baguette, crusty and flavorful. It’s a regular part of my dinner at home accompanied with a little butter or more. Sometimes it’s even the centerpiece when I’m trying to eat less; with just olive oil for dipping, maybe some cheese, plus a fair amount of wine, of course. Here is where I recommend purchasing baguettes, in order of preference:
- Common Bond – Now with several locations. The baguettes seem to be a little better at the ones without a drive-thru, but that drive-thru is certainly convenient.
- Bread Man – Available at Whole Foods and the big H-E-Bs on Dunlavy and Buffalo Speedway, these are a larger size than elsewhere, stouter and a full two-feet long. You might have to wait until mid-morning until the breads at arrive at the stores, though.
- Slow Dough – Smaller than elsewhere and seemingly always pricier, but still worth it, this bakery is primarily a supplier to restaurants and then grocers for bagged bread, there is a retail outlet adjacent to Weights and Measures in Midtownand available at Houston Dairy Maids near the Heights.
- Kraftsmen Baking – A bustling café in the Heights with a big wholesale operation, this has been around longer the others, now over two decades.
- Badolina – A fine baguette is among the enticing take-away options at this slick bake shop and café in the Rice Village that sits next to its buzzy sister concept, Hamsa.
- Magnol – On Hempstead Highway and North Post Oak, not far west of the Loop, this spot is favored by several top restaurants in town and has baguettes both familiar and seeded.
- Mademoiselle Louise – Primarily a French café right on Main Street downtown featuring pastries, quiches and sweets, this does make some baguettes each day in a couple of styles. Unfortunately, these have been sold out each time I’ve visited, so I’ll have to give a qualified recommendation, which is based on what else I’ve had there and the pedigree of the chef-owner.
Long and thin, baguettes go stale quickly, or should, so plan to purchase just on the day you’ll be eating it, or most of it.
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