La Farine Bakery & Cafe | Avondale | Bakery, Coffee Shop | Restaurant
Artisan bakery and cafe, now in Avondale.

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If the primitive and understaffed cafe here feels like something of an afterthought, that could be because it is—Rida Shahin relocated his bakery from Noble Square to Avondale primarily to increase its commercial capacity. But it's worth braving even an agitated Sunday-morning crowd for that delicious, delicious bread. Since the new location opened over the summer, I've gotten loaves to go (the whole-wheat baguette is a crowd favorite; I'm partial to classic white), innumerable cups of coffee (the brew is from Bridgeport Coffee and it's wonderful), and grown progressively more obsessed with the Romano Panini, a breakfast sandwich of La Farine's ultracrusty, salt-flecked ciabatta topped with a couple of eggs, salty-bitey pecorino romano, and a salty-sweet caramelized onion jam. The Not Your Mama's Grilled Cheese is another panini served on that ciabatta, its twist a homemade adobo sauce. I can also recommend the savory baked goods: the quiche (usually tomato, spinach, and feta) is light, eggy, and satisfying, and occasionally there'll be a savory tart in the cake case, a sort of pizza rustica made with meat, cheese, and veggie odds and ends in true pizza rustica fashion. And though I'm not much of a sweets eater, I can vouch for the macaroons.

Gwynedd Stuart

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