Best of Boston

2005 Best Bakery for Sweets

Clear Flour Bread

You see the customers patiently waiting outside this off-the-beaten-path Brookline bakery on rainy weekend mornings, and you think, Surely the baguettes can’t bethatgood. They are, actually, but here’s betting it’s the chock-full-of-fruit flaky tarts, addictive sticky buns, decadent brownies, and no-messing-around chocolate brioche that regulars consider worth getting soaked for.

178 Thorndike St., Brookline, 617-739-0060,