Devon Market on Devon between Broadway and Clark has much better bread than Dominicks/Jewel. I'd probably go there. They don't have a huge bakery but they do have the ovens near the front of the store (Kind of odd) but the bread is great. I often buy it when it is still warm.
Wow, OK, here's my local OUTSTANDING choice for grocery store. Morse Grocery, at the Red Line, Morse. Just east of the red line Morse station, across from Chase bank. This is an amazing little neighborhood grocery. I was surprised, even, to find grits there (yes, I'm from the South), and they have other things I can't often find at hood stores, like tahini, sesame oil, greek yogurt (often on sale for 99 cents a cup) etc. Now, about bread... They have some, decent baguette for dinner, for example, and good, healthy loaf bread options (in front of deli case) but sounds like Devon Marrket is the place for bread, and bakery's mentioned. So glad to have two alternative to the ridiculously expensive Dominicks and Jewel very near me. For example, how much (if you can get it) is a bunch of FRESH cilantro (a staple for me), at Domonicks or Jewel's?? These small markets often have it for like 33 cents a bunch. Herbs are one area, aside of the long, slow lines, I find Dominicks and Jewls to be most disappointing--unfresh and overpriced... Oh, Morse grocery even has some organic stuff... I always buy organic eggs, even if I can afford little else that is organic. Oh, I'm a cook. I can help you with a party if you like, or consider the right, Rogers Park-area privatre chef gig... Kathy 773-354-9596
Hello all this talk about Bread...we just walked there (devon market) and guess what she was bagging fresh bread we also bought veggies for soup...I carried the loaf home in my coat. It kept me warm as I kept it warm ....delish...Morse market Got nothing compared to Devon mrkt...just sayin ¦-D
Grolwing Rabbit, if you could produce something like the Dakota Bread at Great Harvest (21xx W Central in Evanston), I am sure lots of Rogers Parkers would like to save some gas. Also their Apple Scrapple is a treat.
I will definately check out Devon Market, and ask Ted at Morse Grocery to work on his bread selection... He's very attentive to customers, which is why it's such a great local grocery. Someone asked about breads for French toast... I recall that the Jewish Chullah (spelling?) makes wonderful French toast. Is it OK to use it for that??
Morse Market has hard rolls & Devon Market has hard rolls and baguettes and they are o. k. but from mixes. La patisserie on Argyll bakes good baguetes and croissant and Bennison's in Evanston bakes very good croissant, baguettes, rolls and loafs of various kinds of breads which are very good (they are also avaolable at Pastoral and The French Market ). It's odd that CFhicago, a great food city is not a good place to find good bread. The Slavic neighborhoods often have decent bread and Devo Market carries some of them sometimes- it can be frustrating at Devon Market to find a good ethnic bread there, go back to get more ,only to find they don't always carry the same brands.
I have to throw my voice in for Devon Market. Their Balkan Bread is unbelievable. Also, for dessert breads, Chimney Cake Island, across the street from Devon Market is really REALLY good. Seriously. They make these incredible "Chimney Cakes" that are yeasty goodness. Stop by and get one - I guarantee you won't regret it. The owners are also really nice, good people too. As a start-up, they can use all the neighborhood support they can get.
I am still swooning over the baguette I got at Morse Market a couple weeks ago. The smell just grabbed me - it was crusty outside and soft inside. Still warm, smelled great for a couple of days! And if you haven't discovered it yet, Morse Market's prices (at least on non-processed type foods) are generally REALLY low.
I also have found a whole wheat sourdough there, tho' you have to get it right away coz they only order a few. Very helpful w/r/t special orders I've found.
Fresh Farms on Touhy has delicious Greek and Italian bread. We get the round Greek bread with the sesame seeds on it. They have samples of the bread along with some good olive oil in the store. It's sooo good!
My favorite bread (crusty Italian made by D’Amato’s bakery) is available at Fresh Farms at 2626 W. Devon. I think I’ve seen it at the Niles Fresh Farms too (5740 W. Touhy) – but they also bake their own bread there which is very good as Luci mentions. http://www.myfreshfarms.com/
@Barbara, I also like D'Amato's bakery for Italian bread, I just don't get up there as often as I would like. The Fresh Farms on Devon, do you know if it's like the one on Touhy? I think we passed it a few times, but I never went in. It sure would be a lot closer than going all the way on Touhy. Maybe we'll check it out this week. Especially if the quality of the produce, etc is as good as the one on Touhy.
@Luci, the Fresh Farms on Devon is a *much* smaller version of the one on Touhy. On produce they do have the same great prices (and quality), they stock many of the same ethnic foods (especially Indian), and many of the same grocery items are available there at prices lower than many supermarkets (for example, eggs, yogurt, Sabra hummus for ~$2 as opposed to the usual $4-5 price tag!) But I think you could fit several of the Devon Fresh Farms stores (at least 6 of them) inside the Touhy one!
I'm not sure if the two stores are still under the same management... I see the Devon store isn't listed on the website for some reason (but I'm not sure if it ever was). If you check out the store on Devon, I suggest going at an off-peak time (not on a weekend). Parking around there can be challenging. They have a small lot behind the store but more often than not it's filled and/or blocked by delivery trucks. I recommend approaching from the south via Talman -- there's angled meter parking on Talman, just south of Devon. Spaces are often available there (just a bit southwest of Fresh Farms).
Must agree with nkot. The Argo Georgian Bakery at Devon and California has crazy good bread. The dough is slapped onto the walls of an underground clay oven and retrieved with long metal hooks. You don't need to put anything on it. It's delicious warm and fresh right out of the bag.