The perfect pastrami sandwich requires not only good pastrami, but the right corn rye bread, too.
Metropolis Baking Company makes two sizes of New York rye. Their version comes close to Miss Otis’s memories of bread from delis under the 13th Avenue El in Borough Park, Brooklyn, where they’d cut a hunk from a huge lacquered-looking loaf and sell it by weight.
Robert Lauriston says Acme Bread makes a great rye once a week–though others find it too artisanal and dense to make a good pastrami sandwich. He also recommends great rye bread at Bennett Valley Bread & Pastry, and at Pure Grain Bakery, which makes the bread served at Speisekammer.
The Bread Garden makes a straight rye bread that makes rworange very, very happy.
Very good German country rye bread is available from the vendor who also sells giant pretzels at the Serramonte Farmers’ Market.
Max’s Bakery makes very good marble rye, available at Molly Stone’s, which also sells rye baguettes, if you’re looking for maximal rye-crust area.
Palo Alto Baking Company makes a good rye.
Trader Joe’s sells a pretty good corn rye bread.
Metropolis Baking Co [East Bay]
707 Heinz Ave., Berkeley
Acme Bread Co [East Bay]
2730 9th St., Berkeley
Bennett Valley Bread & Pastry [Sonoma County]
3375 Industrial Dr., Santa Rosa
Pretzel vendor [Peninsula]
at the Serramonte Farmers’ Market
3 Serramonte Center, Daly City
Mollie Stone’s [Peninsula]
22 Bayhill Shopping Ctr., San Bruno
Mollie Stone’s [Marin County]
270 Bon Air Shopping Ctr., Greenbrae
Palo Alto Baking Co [Peninsula]
381 S. California Ave., Palo Alto
Trader Joe’s [Citywide]
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