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I'm on a hunt for good bread. Especially good German bread. Solid crust on the outside, hearty on the inside.

I have family coming in from Germany and really need to find some of this bread somewhere if I plan to survive the holidays :raz:

Can anyone help? I thank you in advance!

"If we don't find anything pleasant at least we shall find something new." Voltaire

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I'm on a hunt for good bread. Especially good German bread. Solid crust on the outside, hearty on the inside.

I have family coming in from Germany and really need to find some of this bread somewhere if I plan to survive the holidays  :raz:

I know that the European Pastry Shop in the University District used to have German bread. I haven't been up that way for a while, though, so I'm not sure if they're even still there.

M. Thomas

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You could check out this place:

Hans' Sausage & Delicatessen

717 SW 148th

Burien

206-244-4978

I know a Polish lady neighbor who went there all the time. I haven't been myself, though, but it's worth investigating for good bread!

Here's also a link that I found for German shops:

http://www.germancorner.com/yellowpages/fo...washington.html

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I know that the European Pastry Shop in the University District used to have German bread.  I haven't been up that way for a while, though, so I'm not sure if they're even still there.

It closed in the last year or two, the space taken over by a teriyaki spot (of course).

Welcome to egullet, tarragon.

seawakim, could you tell us some breads that you've tried and are not what you want? Have you tasted the usual rustic breads, Grand Central, Essential, etc.?

Hungry Monkey May 2009
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I've been to a lot of German and European stores for bread, but I'm really more interested in fresh baked bread.

I know Seattle has great bakeries - there must be one that carried a nice hearty loaf that's German style. :blink:

"If we don't find anything pleasant at least we shall find something new." Voltaire

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seawakim, could you tell us some breads that you've tried and are not what you want? Have you tasted the usual rustic breads, Grand Central, Essential, etc.?

"If we don't find anything pleasant at least we shall find something new." Voltaire

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>I haven't tried that many and haven't tried the rustic breads at Grand Central or Essential yet.

The Grand Central Rustic Baugette is my favorite. Not a classic french baugette, I admit. (Though even in France these days, bakeries commonly offer variations that are often conspicuously labeled as "artisan" breads.) The GCRB is thicker and larger, very crunchy outside (thicker crust than a traditional baugette), with a spongier, somewhat denser inside. Traditional baugettes sort of don't have much to them--not all that much bread in a loaf, really. That's fine, but I like the meatier style of the GCRB. It sops up lamb gravy admirably.

I don't like Essential so much--too dense and solid for me (the organic influence embodied in the bakery name, I think), with a chewy/elastic rather than a crunchy crust.

Steve

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A friend who lived in Germany for a good while tells me Han's Delicatessen (mentioned above) gets in German style rye bread twice a week from a bakery in Canada, and says it's mighty tasty.

I keep meaning to get down there & check them out myself (they're supposed to have good sausages too), but it's in Burien, and I'm pretty sure I need a passport to go anywhere south of the Kingdome :raz:

Eden

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There is also a German deli in the market - not fresh baked bread - but probably something reasonable - let's see - across from Saigon Deli.

For fresh baked, you might try Tall Grass on 24th in Ballard - they have some dense loaves including that crazy cherry pumpernickle. Their loaves have heft.

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Grand Central and Essential are available in almost every grocery store-they should be easy to find and try out. Tall Grass and Macrina are also excellent and area available in some stores, so you don't have to make a trip to their bakeries. None of these breads are German but all are chewy, crusty, hearty, etc.

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A friend who lived in Germany for a good while tells me Han's Delicatessen (mentioned above) gets in German style rye bread twice a week from a bakery in Canada, and says it's mighty tasty.

I keep meaning to get down there & check them out myself (they're supposed to have good sausages too), but it's in Burien, and I'm pretty sure I need a passport to go anywhere south of the Kingdome :raz:

Eden

That's good to know as I really miss good rye and I know my Polish mom would really love a gift like that! Hey, I'll give you an escort ... :smile: I tend to go down there all the time since I'm in West Seattle and the traffic isn't horrendous at that end.

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