5 Places to Find Fresh Bread in St. Louis
Due to the booming food-and-restaurant scene in St. Louis, artisanal products made with focus and intention are popping up all over town. If you’re in need of a high-quality bread and looking to buy local, the five bakeries below provide grains galore.
1. Union Loafers
A bright and bustling restaurant and bakery in Botanic Heights, Union Loafers specializes in rustic, old-world style bread. The bakery offers a number of classic loaves ranging from light & mild sourdough to the seeded dark & mild-style bread made with pumpkin, sesame, flax, sunflower and millet. Be sure to inquire about the rotating seasonal bread during weekends.
2. Knead Bakehouse & Provisions
Tucked away in the Lindenwood Park neighborhood, Knead is a bakery and cafe is a feast for the eyes. The glass case is overflowing with brioche french toast, fluffy morning buns, homemade pop-tarts and and donuts, and the lunch menu is not to be missed, either. Owner AJ Brown has done his research– he is a master of the yeast fermentation process, the very thing that makes his breads so unique.
3. Red Guitar Bread
A seasoned vendor of St. Louis’ Farmers’ Markets, owner Alex Carson serves up bread and pizzas made in the wood-fired brick oven at his restaurant on Cherokee Street. Red Guitar bread has impeccable flavor and texture, the result of attention to detail and the use of local grain. His products range from classics like sourdough and ciabatta to a smoked whole wheat which requires six hours of smoking.
4. Like Home Comme Á La Maison
Owner Clemence Pereur came to St. Louis with her mother after culinary school with the hopes of opening her own bakery. Like Home sits underneath an apartment building in Midtown, bringing artisan croissants, baguettes, and brioche to the center of town. Pereur is the only local baker to import all of her ingredients from France, making her loaves a true Midwestern treat.
5. Companion Breads
With locations in both Ladue and Maryland Heights, Companion’s hand-crafted bread has created a name for itself, selling in grocery stores and restaurants across the St. Louis metro area. This bakery uses a classic stone oven, and although the baguette is their trademark—a product made with the simplest ingredients yet bursting with flavor—they sell a wide variety of breads.
Featured photo by Florencia Viadana. Photo within the post is courtesy of Jennifer Pallian.