8 Favorite Fresh-Baked Bread Experiences at Metro Phoenix Restaurants

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Binkley's bread

There must be a Jewish or an Italian grandmother on Kevin Binkley's family tree because he's got the whole "you look thin" shtick down pat. The pressure to "eat! eat!" starts the instant you've settled in, which is when the bread person glides up with a little tray of not one, not two but three bread-y possibilities: a sourdough baguette, a brioche roll and an ever-changing wheat bread containing fruits and nuts of the season. Full-time baker Robert Kuenzli (who worked with MJ Coe last summer) makes the breads for both Binkley restaurants in Binkley's kitchen, using a combi oven that can pretty much do everything but walk the dog. Although each type is tempting (the fruity-nutty ones are always a favorite), you'll want to lay off early on -- before the amuse bouche starts hitting the table.

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Just-baked baguettes

At Quiessence, chef-owner Greg LaPrad and his right-hand man, Tony Andiario, are so fanatical about making everything from scratch that they even make their own crackers. Well, they don't, but pastry chef Matthew Brotnov does, as well as traditional baguettes for a half-dozen daily applications. Brotnov, whose résumé includes stints at Bellagio and Kai, loves bread work and hopes to open his own bakery some day. In the meantime, he's building a repertoire at Q, making mushroom-blue cheese bread, whole wheat loaves with honey and diced pear, and anything else that strikes his fancy. We are the happy guinea pigs.

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3118 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pig & Pickle

2922 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar

6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

St. Francis

111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Trattoria Bianco

4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pane Bianco

4404 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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i have been eating schiacciata all my life baked at home if your bread is as good said they d my moms bread it will be a be a great treat as an italian bread is the mainstay of our culture.could i have your address ,my brother went to and they did not make bread at the address showing hear was only a small bar thank you Rio M.

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