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San Francisco's Boudin Bakery comes to Sonoma County

Boudin Bakery in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County

What’s better than the scent of freshly baked San Francisco-style sourdough bread wafting in the breeze? When said sourdough is baked in Sonoma County.

Now you can have the best of both worlds: A San Francisco staple in beautiful Sonoma Wine Country. Famous Boudin Bakery now has a shop in Santa Rosa.

Located in Montgomery Village, the bakery/café offers sandwiches, salads and, of course, the famous clam chowder in a bread bowl. The hard part will be choosing what to order. Portions are generous and tasty.

Pronounced boo-deen (not the French/Cajun boo-daa), the company has been a staple in San Francisco since the Gold Rush, catering to hungry miners.

It’s been said that to bite into a loaf of Boudin sourdough bread is biting into history. That’s because the “mother dough” used to bake every loaf of bread was started in 1849.

While there are recipes to make your own sourdough starter, be aware that it won’t taste the same if you live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m not saying it won’t be good, but there’s something about the yeast and bacteria that come swirling in on the fog that make this bread different than anywhere else in the world.

To keep that signature taste, Boudin’s Santa Rosa bakery will be getting new starter from San Francisco every few weeks.

As for me, I won’t be seeking out starter recipes — as a non-cook, I can’t take the pressure of keeping bread dough alive. I have enough trouble with plants.

I’d prefer to visit Boudin for a bread bowl of chowder or to simply pick up a loaf to add to some artisan cheeses, olives, spreads, and wine for a Wine Country picnic. They’ll even slice it for you.

Details: Boudin Bakery, 2345 Midway Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.

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