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The best bread in Philly is made right here.
The best bread in Philly is made right here.
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Here Are The 10 Best Bites of Bread in Philly

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The best bread in Philly is made right here.
| Photo: Citypaper

The unsung hero of any great meal is the bread service. Whether it's a server walking around with tongs and a wicker basket, or a warm bowl of tiny little brioche buns with salted butter, bread service is the first impression a restaurant makes on a diner. And, sometimes it's more than just the crusty loaf in front of you, as a good spread and accoutrement can raise the bread to an amazing course all its own. And, good bread isn't available only at restaurants. Philly has a clutch of great bakeries that answer the call for anyone in need of a starchy treat.

Here now, we present a list of the 10 Best Bites of Bread in Philly. Did we miss any great loaves or rolls? Please leave your intel in the comments below, or drop us a message on the tipline.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fork Restaurant

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306 Matket Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-9425
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The housemade onion bialy chef Eli Kulp added to the menu is a starchy epiphany, and reason alone to visit the new & improved Fork.

2. Artisan Boulanger Patissier

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1648 S. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-4688
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For 25 years, Andre Chin and Amanda Eap have been turning out the finest bread loaves in the city at Artisan Boulanger. The multi-grain is amazing, but get the oversized pale and beautiful country loaf.

3. Zahav

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237 Saint James Place
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-8800
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Everything at Zahav is fantastic, but the real crowd pleaser is Mike Solomonov's hummus, which is served with laffa, an Israeli flatbread, baked to order.

4. Fond

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1537 S. 11th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 551-5000
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Half of the ownership behind Fond is pastry chef Jessie Prawlucki, and that means a serious bread basket. The sourdough is good, but the headliner is that amazing olive bread.

5. Parc Brasserie

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227 S 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-2262
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Since the day it opened up shop 5 years ago, the bread at Parc has been one of the main attractions for the Rittenhouse brasserie. The baguette is great, the country loaf is to die for.

6. Kanella: Greek Cypriot Kitchen

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1001 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-1773
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The always-passionate chef, Konstantinos Pitsillides, offers up many different loaves, but his sourdough slices are a thing of beauty. He uses underripe grapes while fermenting his dough to add extra tang. And it's oh-so-delicious.

7. Modo Mio

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161 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 203-8707
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The Pugliese loaf at Modo Mio is a super thick-crusted beast with a crumb as dense as San Francisco fog. But, it makes this list for the porcini oil and ricotta spread that come along for the ride, as well.

8. Chifa

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707 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-5555
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For all the great food available at Chifa, the best thing on the menu is the free bread, which are yuca flour cheese rolls with a sweet guava butter. Make the trip.

9. Talula's Table

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201 W State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348
(610) 444-8255
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Aimee Olexy's market by day/chef's table by night does everything right, and the bread alone is worth the 40 minute drive from the city.

10. Metropolitan Bakery

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262 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-6655
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Metropolitan Bakery, a Philly institution, is celebrating their 20th birthday this year. Their extensive expansion over the last two decades hasn't diluted the quality one bit.

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1. Fork Restaurant

306 Matket Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
The housemade onion bialy chef Eli Kulp added to the menu is a starchy epiphany, and reason alone to visit the new & improved Fork.
306 Matket Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

2. Artisan Boulanger Patissier

1648 S. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148
For 25 years, Andre Chin and Amanda Eap have been turning out the finest bread loaves in the city at Artisan Boulanger. The multi-grain is amazing, but get the oversized pale and beautiful country loaf.
1648 S. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

3. Zahav

237 Saint James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Everything at Zahav is fantastic, but the real crowd pleaser is Mike Solomonov's hummus, which is served with laffa, an Israeli flatbread, baked to order.
237 Saint James Place
Philadelphia, PA 19106

4. Fond

1537 S. 11th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
Half of the ownership behind Fond is pastry chef Jessie Prawlucki, and that means a serious bread basket. The sourdough is good, but the headliner is that amazing olive bread.
1537 S. 11th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

5. Parc Brasserie

227 S 18th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
Since the day it opened up shop 5 years ago, the bread at Parc has been one of the main attractions for the Rittenhouse brasserie. The baguette is great, the country loaf is to die for.
227 S 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. Kanella: Greek Cypriot Kitchen

1001 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
The always-passionate chef, Konstantinos Pitsillides, offers up many different loaves, but his sourdough slices are a thing of beauty. He uses underripe grapes while fermenting his dough to add extra tang. And it's oh-so-delicious.
1001 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

7. Modo Mio

161 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123
The Pugliese loaf at Modo Mio is a super thick-crusted beast with a crumb as dense as San Francisco fog. But, it makes this list for the porcini oil and ricotta spread that come along for the ride, as well.
161 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123

8. Chifa

707 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
For all the great food available at Chifa, the best thing on the menu is the free bread, which are yuca flour cheese rolls with a sweet guava butter. Make the trip.
707 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

9. Talula's Table

201 W State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348
Aimee Olexy's market by day/chef's table by night does everything right, and the bread alone is worth the 40 minute drive from the city.
201 W State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348

10. Metropolitan Bakery

262 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Metropolitan Bakery, a Philly institution, is celebrating their 20th birthday this year. Their extensive expansion over the last two decades hasn't diluted the quality one bit.
262 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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