H&F Bread Co’s Loss is Alon’s Gain: Rob Alexander Moves To Alon’s 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 23, 2012

Not 24-hours after Holeman & Finch Bread Company opened their doors to the general public do we have some even bigger news.  Rob Alexander, the wunderkind head baker at H+F, has moved to Alon’s Bakery, another titan of ATL’s bread scene.

Even if you don’t know Alexander by name (cough … Tami …), you certainly know his work.  HFBC provides bread to many area restaurants.  Alexander has plenty of bread certifications, cut his teeth in France, slung flour with Thomas Keller, and has done great work wherever he’s gone. Dude is for real.

While I have your attention, this seems like an opportune time to mention the post on Alexander written by the better half of Ambiguously Foodie Duo over on Eat It Atlanta.  That’s one of the best food articles to come out of Atlanta’s writing culture, so give it a read if you haven’t.

Meanwhile, mark my words: this is the most notable movement in the Atlanta restaurant scene in at least the last year … if not longer.  On a more practical note, this isn’t like a new chef showing up at a new restaurant, so noticeable changes will probably take a little bit to come to fruition.

* Props to the Eat It for his twitter creativity for the post title.

Holeman & Finch Bread Co. Hath Risen … Officially Open 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 20, 2012

ramen bread at holeman + finch

Here’s some good news: that buttery, glowing siren of bread pictured above is now available 7-days a week.  That’s right …  Holeman & Finch Bread Company (unofficially known as Atlanta’s best bakery) has officially opened its doors to the general public.  The technical term is “walk-ins now accepted,” but I don’t know anyone who’s tried this stuff that has the patience for walking in order to procure such goodness.

If you’re in the minority of folks who read this blog but haven’t tasted head baker Rob Alexander’s work; you don’t really have much of an excuse now. If you don’t feel like getting up at the ass crack of dawn on a Saturday to grab it from a farmer’s market and/or haven’t visited any of the handful of shops that sell it, I’d encourage you to hustle over as soon as you have a second. Keep in mind, it’s open 7-days a week until 4pm  And with that, I’m off to go get my drink on.

H&F Bread Co. Address & Information

1401 Ellsworth Industrial Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 // view map
404.350.8877 // // menu
Cuisine: Bakery // Price Range: $

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The Sentinel: Get Freaky With Their Muffin [San Francisco]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 16, 2012

the muffin at the sentinel

Beneath a nondescript blue awning, in a tiny and simply adorned space, sits a little sandwich shop and breakfast stop that publishes one serious MOTHER TRUCKIN MUFFIN.  These housemade muffins come courtesy of The Sentinel, a Dennis Leary [the chefnot the “Asshole”] helmed dispensary in San Francisco’s Financial District.  Take note: it took just one bite of this crusty, intensely fruity breakfast treat to sell me.

When I touched down in San Francisco in mid-September, chef Dennis Leary was not an unknown commodity.  The now mid-30s chef has been kicking out the grub at Canteen restaurant for the better part of the last decade.  To this day, I still haven’t visited Canteen; but, I certainly heard about the place from my home some 2,473 miles away.  Despite that familiarity with Leary, I had no idea of his tiny side project, the aforementioned Sentinel.  Thank to all things holy (and sage advice from my SF hostess), I lucked into a little visit to Muffin Town.

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Tartine Bakery: Morning Glory From A Croissant

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 15, 2012

tartine san francisco

When I tell you that I’ve had more than a handful of morning meditations about my breakfast at Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, take note.  As shocked as you may be to read this, it needs to be written:  Most mornings, when I wake up, food is the farthest thing from my mind.  I’m not much of a breakfast guy and I usually have more stressful matters captive in my thought corral.

Be that as it may, Tartine has rocked that reality like Stockton dropped dimes – that is – with emphatic style.  To put it in less esoteric terms: Tartine Bakery delivered the best croissant I’ve ever had, bar none.  Granted, I’ve never stepped foot in France, but I suspect there are quite a number of folks in this country (and perhaps that one as well) who would agree with these sentiments.

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Holeman & Finch Bread Rising Again [Openings] 4

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 04, 2012

Holeman & Finch Bread Company is indeed reopening to the public and it appears that this bun is just about done in the oven.  So start your wave, erupt in cheers, dance in the streets, and throw down a flash mob … because that sweet deliciousness we’ve been forced to seek out at farmers markets and specialty shops is about to be much more accessible … again!

For those unaware, for the past few years bread savant Rob Alexander (@robmalexander) has been baking up H&F Bread Co. goodies for many Atlanta restaurants (roughly 60 last time I counted).  That’s a huge number and I suspect it’s even bigger now.  Mind you, I’m not surprised as the granular gold be good and tasty.

When the bakery first got going, common folk like you and me could walk into the little shop in Brookwood Hills/Peachtree Hills (it was next to their mother ship) and shop until Dr. Atkins rolled in his grave several times over.  For a multitude of reasons, that didn’t work out so well and the retail shop shuttered approximately 2-years ago.  Boo … hiss!!!!

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Giant Octopus Cake: 200LBs Of Edible Art [Molluscs]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on September 15, 2010

Giant Octopus Cake

So in my spare time, I like to browse the internet.  Shocking, I Know.  Well, during a little R&D, I came across this this monstrosity on flickr!  That’s right folks, it’s 200lbs of edible octopus.  As shocked as I was to see it, I was more surprised when I realized that it comes courtesy of Karen Portaleo and Highland Bakery.

Not being a cake man, I’m not entirely sure how much of this is actually cake.  Whatever it is … it’s freaking cool!  As of now, there are 165 images in the HB specialty cake set, I suggest you waste some time there.  Look out Duff … you’ve got some competition!

Bakeshop Bakery Review – Midtown, Atlanta, GA [First Impressions] 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 04, 2010

Somewhat beneath the surface, just under the wave of pizzerias and the influx of burger joints, Atlanta’s bakery scene is seeing an infusion of new life.  With establishments like Bakeshop in Midtown leading the way, this new brand of baking is in stark contrast to what you and I may remember as the quintessential bakery.  While some of my fondest memories were youthful excursions to Rhodes Family Bakery (website) on Cheshire Bridge, the glorified home kitchens and come as you are personas are being pushed around by big budgets and treated woods.

Don’t believe me? Look what happened to Holeman + Finch Bakery.  While that no frills storefront suffered from location woes, they too were a bake first, look good second kind of a place.  Consequently, their front windows have been boarded up, leaving those of us who crave delicious goodies scampering to places like Savor Specialty Foods.

Bakeries are no longer places to pick up your favorite treats, talk to your baker about the fam, and dream of all that hippy dippy stuff.  They are now as much sandwich shop and coffee stop as they are dessert purveyor.  It is smack dab in this world that we find Bakeshop, one of the newest explorations from the gang at Concentrics.

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Bagel Palace Deli & Bakery Restaurant Review – Toco Hills, Atlanta, GA 7

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 12, 2009

Tucked away in the sprawling Toco Hills Shopping Center, the Bagel Palace Deli & Bakery has been around for at least a couple of decades.  Somewhere in between Emory University and Druid Hills, the Toco Hills neighborhood is home to Atlanta’s most concentrated Jewish population.  It seems appropriate that one of the more widely known delicatessens is here.

At any given time, especially on the weekends, there is bound to be a bit of a crowd meandering around this two-tiered eatery.  Lined with a handful baking cases and a number of free-standing tables, the Bagel Palace has everything in place for a successful meal.  Despite that fact, and despite the benevolent adoration from those around these parts, Bagel Palace is a bit of a mixed bag.  Against the Atlanta backdrop, this is about as good as you’ll find in the deli-bakery hybrid so popular in The Big Apple.  Still, it doesn’t mean that it gets a total pass.

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Highland Bakery In Inman Park: Atlanta Sub & Sandwich Tour #11 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 13, 2009

A long time ago in a sandwich shop, far away…

highland bakery - welcome to the hb

I best most of ya’ll thought I had forgotten about the sub & sandwich tour.  Truth is, I just got a bit worn out on sandwiches.  While I did grab a few sandwiches in the past few weeks, my rate of consumption plummeted.  The time off has rejuvenated me and I hope to have this thing wrapped up in the next couple of weeks.

To get things back up and running, I elected to visit the Highland Bakery in Inman Park.  In true Foodie Buddha fashion, the meal let me down.  While many people revel in the fresh baked goods and the variety of options on the menu, my meal just didn’t come together as I had hoped.  Services issues aside (they aren’t factored in on the tour), I found both of my sandwiches disappointing.

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Atlanta Bread Company In Decatur Shuts Down 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on March 27, 2009

The economy continues to take prisoners at a vicious rate.  Decatur Metro is reporting that the Atlanta Bread Co. location in Decatur is throwing in the towel.  What a bummer!

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