Old Town is a far cry from Alsace, where Pierre and Michele Zimmermann ran a bakery that had been in the family for 110 years. But La Fournette greets the visitor with an artful old-world array of breads, a good invitation to a good product. The enormous miche—a classic two-pounder, etched with an "F," that's available in half loaves—has a nice mild astringency, owing to the wild fermentation that leavens it, and a moist, chewy crumb. Croissants, both plain and chocolate, were everything they should've been; the slice of baguette underneath gooey tarte flambee was fantastic (so was the topping: sour cream, bacon, and onion); and Berliner-style doughnuts with a sweet raspberry filling benefited from just a hint of cinnamon sugar on top. Bread and pastries not enough? There's also a lunch and dinner menu that comprises French classics like crepes, croque monsieur, sandwiches with paté or smoked salmon, soups, salads, and a quiche du jour.
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