|Sourdough from The Breadery|
We're talking about bread. Years ago, I posted about bakeries in Howard County, and bread merited a single paragraph -- Bonaparte Bakery in Savage with side notes about the whole grain loaves at The Breadery then on Rte 40 and other people's love of Great Harvest in Columbia.
But a quiet revolution has truly changed your options -- new places, new flavors, novel spots where you can stop for fresh, exciting bread:
- Wegmans in Columbia. This is the flashy new spot of 2012. The bakery sits right inside the front door, and we fill bags with baguettes, rolls and other goodies. The rolls are our new staple. I buy eight or 10 at a time, and I freeze them two to a bag. They're perfect to thaw for sandwiches or just to accompany dinner.
- The Breadery that relocated to Oella last summer. An easy drive from Main Street in Ellicott City, and you can enjoy their long-standing line of whole grain loaves, along with crusty offerings like baguettes, sourdough, flat breads topped with cheese and vegetables, and the best hot dog buns that you'll ever find.
- Roots Market in Clarksville. The Roots folks started a bakeshop this spring that does sweets to savory, and they now fill their displays with their own loaves -- sourdough, Russian black bread, a harvest bread coated with crunchy seeds. We sliced ciabatta for almost every meal last weekend.
|Loaves from the new Roots bakery|
Soft sandwich breads or crusty loaves. Simple rolls or dinner party centerpieces. Whatever you like, you can expect to eat something make with care and an eye on flavor, texture and fun.
The change has been so great that you have stil more hidden options for quality bread. The Bagel Bins in Clarksville and Columbia often offer challah on Fridays. The Shrine of St. Anthony in Clarksville sells rye and other varieties baked by Trappist monks in New York State. And the Bon Fresco Sandwich Bakery in Columbia offers up focaccia and baguettes along with their spectacular sandwiches.
This is the gradual innovation that makes a place special. Four great bakeries. The specialist options -- topped off with loaves you can buy at Mom's Organic Market in Jessup or at one of the farmers markets. Soon, the county has begun a place where you can expect to eat well and people stop saying "It's all chain restaurants and Safeway." You can be a little proud and eat near home.
Don't forget the pretzel rolls. That's an early Wegmans find. Click here for all the posts about bread.