It's true that Dudley's has changed over the years - and some of the change has been really good. For instance, because these days you can select your own breads, either sliced, or not from the shelves (rather than having counter staff get it and put each loaf in the slicer for you), the line moves much faster, and even on the weekends, you may not encounter a line. Don't pass up the pastries - the bear claws and crisps are really good.
Dudley's now sells bread through other outlets, and the mass production means some of the old artisan quality is gone. But it is still good, and the flavors are different than you will find elsewhere. Yes, it costs $4.95 - have you priced supermarket bread lately??
It's an institution (I've been stopping for 35 years!) and a welcome sight; when you see it you know Julian is not far away. The parking lot is big, and the restrooms are clean. Make it a rest stop, and support this venerable local business. (The bread freezes really well, too.)
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