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What they're saying about us..

Boston Eater: New Owners Same Bakery

James Beard 2015 restaurant and chef award semifinalists

Food and Wine: Americas best croissants

The Secret of the Irish Scone

Food and Wine: Americas best chocolate chip cookies

The Glory of Irish Soda Bread

Boston Globe: An enviable transfer of ownership

Boston Globe Cover Story: Where has all white bread gone 

BEST OF BOSTON 14 times!

2016: Best Bread Bakery,  2015: Best Bakery For Sweets,  2014: Best Croissant,  

2013: Best Bakery For Sweets,  2012: Best Bread Bakery,   2011: Best Bread Bakery,  

2010: Best Bakery,  2009: Best Bread Bakery,  2007: Best Bread Bakery,  

1997: Best Sticky Bun, 1994: Best Sticky Bun,  1990: Best Bread,  1989: Best Bread,  1988: Best Bread

 "The years I spent baking at Clear Flour Bread in Brookline, Mass., were sky-blue. What a great job, Startlingly physical, to begin with, with plenty of hauling and swabbing and rushing around; the bakery itself was like a ship in a Patrick O’Brian novel, fierce and insular, microcultural, every moment accounted for, every inch of space pressed into service. You sweated and clanked, and the flour flew up in slow clouds, until everyone’s face had received a kind of aristocratic powdering. The rewards were enormous: the fine, fuse-like crackle of a rack full of handsome brittle baguettes, which you have just pulled out of the oven — that’s a beautiful sound. Television’s “Marquee Moon” coming out of the bakery boombox at 1 in the morning, with your muscles so warmed up they seem to act as vibrational channels for the music — that too is a beautiful sound. (Billy Ficca: another great drummer.)


From my fellow bakers, those yeasty intellectuals, I learned about industry and cohesion and the moral obligation to be cheerful. The last lesson was the most important, and extended out of the bakery and into life. If you’re depressed, maimed, crocked in some way, fair enough — let us know. But if not, then in the name of humanity stop moaning. Keep a lightness about you, a readiness. Preserve the digestions of your co-workers; spare them your mutterings and vibings. It’s highly nonliterary, but there we are: Be nice."

  - James Parker, New York Times

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