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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Acme Bread Company

1 Ferry Bldg
Marketplace Shop #15

San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 288-2978

Founder Steve Sullivan opened Acme in 1983 and is largely responsible for the artisan bread revolution in America. Prior to his nationwide success, he attended Berkeley and bused tables at Chez Panisse. While vacationing in England, he was inspired and developed a serious passion for bread baking. In time, he would bake breads in-house for Chez Panisse, which eventually led him to open Acme with his wife.


There was a commercial ambiance as we walked into the Acme storefront embodied by an array of loaves displayed. Each with a description and price tags marked in the center. Della Fattoria, the bakery stall towards the back of the Farmers Market was more up our alley. It's hard to maintain that same connection to the customer when you are turning out thousands of loaves a day.

If I want good bread at home, I'll likely head to La Brea Bakery. With that as my barometer, I find La Brea more rustic and earthy in flavor. But, there were highlights at Acme. The herb slab and the walnut cranberry loaf were two that come to mind. One of the disappointments was the sourdough loaf;  I expected more depth of flavor.

(Sourdough loaf)

(Walnut Cranberry loaf)

 (Walnut Cranberry loaf- inside)

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