Best of Boston

2001 BEST Bread Bakery

Hi-Rise Bread Co.

There’s some damn fine bread in this town, but we’re throwing down the gauntlet and calling it for Hi-Rise. Why? Shelf after shelf of simple but flawlessly executed loaves: chewy sourdough, rich stone-ground cornbread, sweet and yeasty brioches, and hearty raisin-pecan. Holidays bring special orders of exemplary stollen and challah. House baker Rene Becker is a self-proclaimed fanatic about ingredients and techniques, and it shows. He’s the Leonardo da Vinci of carbohydrates.

208 Concord Ave. Cambridge 617-876-8766

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