There was a famous and favorite Morris Park Avenue, Bronx Home Bakery where on a Sunday morning, people would come in for rolls and buns by the dozen each, or so it seemed. almost exclusively. The aroma of fresh baked rolls was unique, different from the whole pies only pizzeria across the street. The jelly donuts were so full it was almost impossible for a young boy not to mess up a shirt. The loaves of Jewish rye being cut on the machines was incessant. And all that variety, warmth and freshness was gone from my life for a very long time, until my brother introduced me to the Rockland bakery nearly twenty years later, with today's Jewish heritage favorite to an outside world being bagels more so than rye bread. R. B. is a great neighborhood bakery without the chic prices and beautiful people atmosphere everywhere.
The crispness and crack when bitten is what's most difficult to find in traditional bakery rolls beyond Rockland Bakery, usually bought in a supermarket plastic bag practically guaranteeing a soggy, stretchy, doughy, chemically preserved chew. As we all know, bakeries have generally been handed over to large food emporiums which do as much as possible with terrible quality ingredients whose main function is looking pretty enough in the display cases. It's not so with Rockland Bakery where appearances are secondary to maintaining a wonderful variety and quality of a consistent strong professional standard at a surprisingly affordable price. Accordingly, it's one of those places to which people don't mind driving that extra bit.
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