Eating & Drinking

MUST-TRY BREAD: 5 best breads from Ottawa Magazine’s 2013 Eating & Drinking Guide

SOTM13EDANN_1201The 2012-2013 edition of Ottawa Magazine’s Eating & Drinking Guide is a food lover’s bible for everything local, with 80+ pages of restaurant, wine, food shop, and kitchen store recommendations. Look for it on newsstands or order it here

By Shawna Wagman

Oversized miche from True Loaf. Photo by Christian Lalonde.
Oversized miche from True Loaf. Photo by Christian Lalonde.

There’s more to love about a real European-style sourdough miche that’s nearly half a metre wide. Practical, too: it toasts beautifully for days. True Loaf Bread Company, 573 Gladstone Ave., 613-680-4178. 

This beautiful, earthy dark brown loaf, made with wheat, rye, and spelt, is crazy good and bursting with whole grains. It’s sweetened with local honey and a hint of molasses. Brilliant slathered with nut butters. Art is in, 250 City Centre Ave., Bay 114, 613-695-1226.

This artisanal part whole wheat sourdough bread is simple, rustic, and flavourful — a favourite for grilled sandwiches. Sold at Bridgehead’s 15 locations around town.

Natali Harea's sourdough loaf. Photo by Christian Lalonde.
Natali Harea’s sourdough loaf. Photo by Christian Lalonde.

Gnarly-crunchy on the outside, tender and light within; grab a slab of salted butter and consider yourself half Parisian. Bread & Sons Bakery, 195 Bank St., 613-230-5302.

Almost shockingly sour, moist, spongy, and dense, Natali Harea’s crusty dark bread has personality in spades. Sold through a number of local retailers, including Jacobsons, The Piggy Market, and Metro Glebe.