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BEST Bakery

2012 BEST Bakery, North
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A & J King Bakery

Salem

Husband-and-wife team Andy and Jackie King have built their business around the art of crafting thick, crusty loaves brimming with ingredients like olives, walnuts, and apricot fennel and baked fresh each morning while most of us are still drooling on… read more»

2010 BEST Bakery
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Clear Flour Bread

Brookline

As you enter this charming little bakery tucked away on a Brookline side street, the aroma of warm bread hits you like a baguette to the head. While none of theartisans on our short list produced a loaf we didn’tenjoy,… read more»

2009 BEST Bakery, West
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Bread & Chocolate

Newtonville

With the steady proliferation of Whole Foods, Bruegger’s, and Panera, there’s no shortage of places to stock up on baked goods out west. Bread & Chocolate, a three-year-old independent outfit in Newtonville, rises above all that mass-produced stuff on the… read more»

2009 BEST Bakery, North
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A&J King Artisan Bakers

Salem

Set foot inside a great restaurant, and the feeling is usually admiration, even awe. Enter a great bakery like A&J King, and it’s more like giddiness. Everything looks as good as it smells, and tastes even better, courtesy of the… read more»

2009 BEST Bakery, South
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French Memories

Duxbury

The low-key town of Duxbury is better known for bivalves than brioche, but that doesn’t keep this café’s Paris-born bakers (the same artistes behind Café Vanille in Boston and Chestnut Hill) from turning out the most decadent pastries on the… read more»

2005 BEST Bakery, South

French Memories

Duxbury

As if life on picturesque Duxbury Harbor wasn’t sweet enough, French Memories steps in with a cadre of top-notch carbs to up the ante. On hand are tiny petits fours and crunchy baguettes that would hold their own anywhere along… read more»

2004 BEST Bakery, Cape Cod

Cottage Street Bakery

Orleans

This tiny bakery makes breads, sandwiches, and European-style pastries worth searching out—plus unbelievable muffins, pies, and wedding cakes. But what puts it over the top is its inelegant-sounding “dirt bomb,” a dense, indulgent breakfast pasty dusted with cinnamon and sugar…. read more»

2000 BEST Bakery, Classic

Montilio’s

Boston

Open for 50 years, Montilio’s has clearly got its recipes for success down pat. Besides offering towering birthday and wedding cakes (Bobby Kennedy and Arthuer Fiedler are two famous recipients of the former), Montilio’s has also adapted to the 21st… read more»

2000 BEST Bakery, Modern

Appleton Bakery

Boston

It’s hard to decide what’s best about this cozy South End bakery, where the owners have thought of every amenity for busy city dwellers. Is it the a.m. treats? The lunch? The cute tables that overlook Appleton Street? The gourmet… read more»

1999 BEST Bakery

Hi-Rise Bread Company

Cambridge

Deep in the heart of Cambridge’s Huron Village foodie oasis (Formaggio, the Fishmonger, etc.), Hi-Rise is perfect for a casual brunch, lunch, or dinner takeout. You’ll spot former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich there among the Cambridge glitterati, but more… read more»