Five Great Bread Bakeries Across America

Bread is something that almost everyone loves, has a million uses, and can come in all sorts of flavors and styles. Whether you're making a sandwich, a crostini, a bowl of bread salad, a grilled cheese, or just eating it alone, bread is something many people eat almost every day. And if you are eating it that often, you should probably be buying something good. Here is a short list of some of the best bakeries from around the country. 

Sullivan St. Bakery in New York City - Known as much for its quirky baker Jim Lahey as for its bread, the Sullivan St. Bakery supplies its bread to over 300 New York restaurants and is known as a hot-house for learning and teaching. After Lahey unveiled his no-knead bread method and got more people baking, the Sullivan St. Bakery has become even more popular and draws visitors from all over to sample his pane Pugliese, a crunchy, dark-brown loaf, and his pizza Bianca, an airy flatbread.

H&F Bread Co. in Atlanta, Georgia - When deciding what bread to serve, many of Atlanta's top restaurants turn to Linton Hopkins and his selection of sourdoughs, ciabbatas, baguettes, and croissants. The handcrafted breads and pastries are also available at local farmers' markets around the city.

Kiedrowki's Simply Delicious Bakery in Amherst, Ohio - This past April, Kiedrowski's Bakery was named America's Best Bakery in a contest held by The Baking Channel, winning over 50 per cent of the submitted votes and taking the title over eight other finalists form around the country. Owner Tim Kiedrowski bakes a variety of typical treats from his Polish heritage, but also continually tries to innovate with things like the "snoogle" to keep his customers coming back for more of his excellent baked goods.

Macrina Bakery in Seattle, Washington - Since opening her own bakery in 1993, Leslie Mackie has been baking some of Seattle's best bread. After working in various restaurants following culinary school, Mackie became more and more interested in bread and worked to create the best bread possible, like the "Of This House," Sour White, and Oatmeal Buttermilk breads. Mackie and her bakery have received many awards including several award of Seattle's best bakery and four consecutive nominations for the James Beard "Outstanding Pastry Chef Award."

Barrie Cullinan's Amity Bakery in Austin, Texas - After learning the craft at the well-known Balthazar Bakery in New York City, Barrie Cullinan opened her own bread baking business down in Austin, producing a range of delicious baked goods, including bread that is used by restaurants around the city and some of the best treats in Austin. As of now, Cullinan hasn't yet opened her own retail location, so her scrumptious creations are only available are various restaurants and markets in Austin.

What's your favorite bakery?

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