Here's a list of bread sources food experts recommend. The choices range from bakeries in the Baltimore area to those convenient when visiting Washington or Annapolis.
Bakery at the Broadway Market, in Fells Point has a wide selection -- from traditional breads to specialty breads like Mamma Mia bread (sundried tomatoes and mozzarella), and Arista bread (feta cheese and black olives). Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Call 342-7714.
Dorothea's Breads, 2225 Eastern Ave. and 616 S. Wolfe St. in Baltimore bakes a variety of breads that appear homemade -- country loaf, cinnamon raisin, apple raisin, apricot, Cheddar cheese, herb cheese, seven-grain cracked wheat, caraway rye, oat bran. The Eastern Avenue shop is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 8a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Wolfe Street store is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Dorothea's Breads are also available at Bun Penny of Harborplace, the Fells Point Coffee Shop, the Coffee Mill in Hampden, Eddie's Roland Park, Eddie's on St. Paul Street and the Green Earth. Call 276-2626.
Fresh Fields, 11503 Rockville Pike in Rockville, offers baked goods made on the premises with unbleached flours and unprocessed ingredients, including European sourdough breads, marble breads, herb breads, French and Italian breads and sesame semolina breads. Open 9 a.m. 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. Call (301) 984-3737.
Greek Town Bakery & Deli, 4705 Eastern Ave. in Baltimore sells a hard-crusted white bread made on the premises. Open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Call 276-8052.
Old World Delicatessen & Bakery, 9118 Liberty Road in Randallstown sells "real Russian bread" baked on the premises. Best bets include Baltic light rye, sourdough, and Westphalian pumpernickel, Sicilian tomato bread. True bread lovers will go for Borodinsky bread, a heavy, sweet, chewy Russian rye. Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 655-5157.
Most of the breads are also available at the Belvedere Market location, 529 E. Belvedere Ave. Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 323-2445.
Pariser's Bakery, 6711 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, is a kosher bakery that offers rye bread, pumpernickel, onion rolls, bagels and bialys. Open 6 a.m. 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. Call 764-1700.
The Bread Place Bakery, 1308 Forest Dr. in Annapolis offers 50 kinds of bread including French baguettes, cheese breads, six-grain, Dijon dill (white bread with Dijon mustard and dill weed), and pesto bread (Italian bread with garlic, basil and pine nuts). Open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Call (301) 268-6677.