Over a decade since I first began reading from its pages, Chowhound is still my go-to resource for food intel. Over the years, complaints filed against the service – a collection of bulletin boards for food-obsessed locals – have clustered around “bad user interface,” “bad user moderation” and “bad users.” But this thread about Brooklyn’s lard bread explains, in one long scroll, why the Chowhound archives are an ongoing source of joy for the diner whose curiosity takes “Madlibs: Best X in Y Edition” to new and savory places.
To be sure, there are some highly qualified declarations regarding on the best lard bread in New York – especially when Serious Eats’ Andrew Coe is concerned. But in regard to local lard bread concerns, I’ve been hooked on the meat-scented loaf ($5.50) at Cobble Hill’s Mazzola Bakery. Cubes of an especially peppery salami give the slightly greasy flavor of the loaf a nice bite. The bread itself isn’t as crusty as I’d like, but its relative (and deceptive) lightness makes for fortified snacking.
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