Restaurant Reviews

Foodstuff

A heavyset man rudely pushed me through the doorway of the Old School Bread Company (105 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-276-0013). A little pissed off, I followed him to the counter, where he bullied his way to the front of a throng of people, all clamoring for a free sample of the bakery's wonderful artisan breads. A young woman was slicing up a few different loaves as fast as she could, explaining their merits, but she paused when a customer demanded a taste of the chocolate-cherry bread, a signature recipe. "Say please," she said. I cheered her efforts to instill some etiquette into the proceedings. Still, I could see how folks might forget their manners. Open only a couple of months, the Old School is quickly rising in esteem, with almost 30 kinds of breads masterfully baked on the premises. Each loaf, whether it's potato-onion-herb, South Florida sourdough or fig-anise, comes with an owner's manual -- slicing, serving, and storing suggestions for your new bread. Looks like school's in session in Delray Beach, along with a much-needed lesson in decorum.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Jen Karetnick is an award-winning dining critic, food-travel writer, and author of the books Ice Cube Tray Recipes, Mango, and The 500 Hidden Secrets of Miami.
Contact: Jen Karetnick