Best of Boston

2010 Best Bakery

Clear Flour Bread

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, Clear Flour’s inventory bested the rest in both texture and flavor. The “rustic Italian,” with a crisp outer layer yielding to a chewy, airy interior, is the perfect landing pad for a schmear of triple-creme cheese; the aforementioned baguette, an excellent companion for high-quality olive oil. And the rustic Italian rolls with fire-roasted tomatoes? They need no accompaniment whatsoever.

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