Food Critics: The Best Bread In Kansas City
On the face of it, bread is such a simple thing. But the difference between an ordinary, ho-hum slice of bread and a lovingly-prepared morsel with a crunchy crust and a melty middle … there’s just no comparison.
Whether it’s hard and crusty or soft and spongy, bread is more than just a delivery mechanism for sandwich fillings.
On this week’s Central Standard, our Food Critics Charles Ferruzza, Mary Bloch and Lou Jane Temple weigh in on the best bread in Kansas City.
- Ibis Bakery
- Farm to Market Bread Company — The limited edition Irish soda bread is now available.
- Sasha's Baking Company — The baguette and challah are my favorites. Challah makes the best French toast and sandwiches (the salty meat and cheese counters the sweeetness of the challah)
- Baked in Kansas City — The brioche loaf!
- Heirloom Bakery — This bakery is about to open at 401 E. 63rd St. Its soft bread (sandwich loaves) are also available at the Brookside Farmers’ Market.
- Jasper's — Serves Roma ciabatta bread, which is perfect for sopping up cream sauce on Shrimp Livornese.
Mary Bloch: I’m more into crusty breads, not soft ones, so these are my favorites in town:
- Fervere —The country bread is wonderful and the olive is a favorite; there’s a touch of rosemary in it. Fervere is only open 3 days week (Thurs.-Sat..), so call in and order ahead of time. In the summer, the bakery has “Slipper Saturdays,” where it takes its ciabatta (with its smoky cheese flavor) and make it like a pizza. People line up for hours for it.
- Ibis Bakery — Also available at Season + Square on Saturdays.
- Farm to Market — Especially straight from the oven at one of the Hen House grocery stores that bakes the loaves fresh. (Fairway, Corinth Square and Deer Creek locations).
- Sasha’s Baking Company
- Story — Good bread for sopping up sauce.
- The Capital Grille — Good dark bread with raisins.
Lou Jane Temple:
- Farm to Market — Available at most Kansas City grocery stores. Grains Galore and the raisin cinnamon are favs. They’re available at some Hen House grocery stores right out of oven; call the store to find out when it's out of oven
- Fervere — Handmade slowly and when they are gone for the day, there won’t be more until the next day. Call ahead to be sure you get yours.
- Wheatfields — The first artisan bakery, the first J. Llopis oven — it still inspires with each loaf.
- Whole Foods — These breads do not have the special care that Fervere and Wheatfields give their loaves, but there is a lovely selection at Whole Foods, they generally have good crisp crust and are available most of the time.
- Lidia’s Kansas City — Good bread for sopping up sauce.
- Le Monde Bakery — Amazing croissants, good baguette sandwiches.
- The Main Street Galleria, Weston, Mo. — Makes its own homemade bread. The potato and cheddar cheese breads are great, and the rosemary garlic pairs with anything.
- Whole Foods on Metcalf — The olive bread is top-shelf.
- Blue Nile in the City Market — Delicious injera bread.
- Plaza III’s sourdough bread — Great compliment to lobster bisque and bernaise sauce.
- The Sub Shop, Columbia, Mo. — Makes its own rye bread.
- Olivia's Oven and Mama Resch's — Good gluten-free bread.
- Great Harvest Bread Company in Corinth — Pete's sourdough rye.
- Pioneer Brand — Its sourdough rye bread with caraway seed is the closest to back-East deli bread I've found in Kansas City and Lawrence. It's sold in supermarkets — Dillons and Price Chopper!
- You can order really good toast on Ibis bread at Black Dog Coffeehouse in Lenexa.
- Wheatfields makes a wonderful sourdough rye, available every day with seeds and a couple days a week without seeds, and a crusty Kalamata olive bread.
- Price Chopper — Sells a great pumpernickel.
- The French Bee — Serves a really good avocado toast sandwich on delicious French bread that they bake at their Parkville location.
- Trader Joe’s has good olive bread.
- Countryside Bakery, Jamesport, Mo. — Jalapeno cheddar is our favorite. Apple cinnamon with chunks of apple in the bread is also wonderful. The pecan cinnamon bread/rolls are the best I have ever had. This is an Amish bakery and they take cash only.