Best of Boston

2004 Best Bread Bakery

Bread & Butter Baking Co.

The golden glow, faintly sweet aroma, and heavenly texture of the freshly baked loaves at this cute shop in a still-grungy stretch of J.P. could make even the most ardent Atkins disciples recognize the folly of their ways. Along with staples such as multi-grain and white breads and crusty baguettes, Bread & Butter features daily specials—the cinnamon swirl offered on the weekends is especially tasty—and a selection of pastries including a twice baked croissant, stuffed with almond paste and dusted with sugar, that will put you back on carbs for good.

3346 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, 617-983-8688,