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Chuck's Bread
updated: Feb 08, 2013, 12:15 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Does anyone know what type of dark bread is served at Chuck's uptown? They've had it for years and is outrageously delicious. I called and no one answered. I'd love to find out where they source it from so I can buy some for my company tonight.

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 COMMENT 372298P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 12:22 PM

Squaw bread or pumpernickel. They get it from LaBrea and bake themselves. Yum!

 

 COMMENT 372308P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 12:42 PM

Pumpernickel bread contains molasses and cornmeal, squaw bread doesn't. Which one is served at Chuck's? La Brea's pumpernickel is a pumpernickel raisin loaf. Don't think they do squaw bread at all.

 

 COMMENT 372312 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 12:52 PM

Chuck's pumpernickel is La Brea and does not have raisins in it. Their other bread, also from La Brea is a light rye with seeds in it.

 

 COMMENT 372313 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 12:54 PM

It's always dry and tasteless. I don't know what it is but it's not Squaw which is soft and flavourful.

 

 COMMENT 372314 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 12:57 PM

Op here. Thanks for the info. I've looked on La Brea's site and they don't list either type of bread. I'll call Chuck's when they open.

 

 COMMENT 372316P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 01:00 PM

Chuck's website says it serves La Brea breads. La Brea's website does list pumpernickel, and it lists the ingredients (no raisins):

Ingredients
UNBLEACHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR), WATER, DARK RYE FLOUR, RYE CHOPS, SOUR CULTURE, CANOLA OIL, DEGERMINATED YELLOW CORNMEAL, contains less than 2% of each of the following: CARAMEL COLOR, UNSULPHURED MOLASSES, CARAWAY SEEDS, SALT, POPPY SEEDS, YEAST, SEMOLINA, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID, FERROUS SULFATE.

 

 COMMENT 372322 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 01:16 PM

Thanks 316P. I did a "search" on their site. Guess I was looking for pictures and missed the text - duh. I'm delighted to know they make it. Now to find out where I can buy it here in SB.

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 01:17 PM

Chuck's steams the bread in that metal thingy...destroys it, (IMO) what a shame if it is La Brea, they have pretty decent bread.

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 01:19 PM

I don't know for sure, but wouldn't D 'Angelos have pumpernickel? Or Lazy Acres, or Whole Foods? They have quite a few La Brea Breads at Gelson's.

 

 COMMENT 372350 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 02:34 PM

La Cumbre Deli has wonderful squaw bread that they also sell by the loaf, nice and soft.

 

 COMMENT 372358P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 02:52 PM

Is La Cumbre deli next to Pizza Mizza? They are kinda expensive, but I would love to get some good squaw bread

 

 COMMENT 372387 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 03:47 PM

@358P: it's actually the cheapest deli in SB... maybe in all of California.

 

 COMMENT 372407 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 04:45 PM

314/OP you can get this exact same bread from Gelson's. Call them up and ask which days La Brea makes their delivery and what time, then you know where to get it freshest.

It's literally the same bread and La Brea bakes all their bread on the same day as delivery, so if you know when it's arriving, you can be sure it was baked in the wee hours of the morning fresh to you!

 

 COMMENT 372408P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 04:46 PM

Looks like La Brea has two pumpernickel breads. The one that 316P listed the ingredients for - which is the small round loaf and the XL which I assume means Extra Long Pumpernickel Raisin Loaf with the following ingredients:
UNBLEACHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR), WATER, RAISINS, DARK RYE FLOUR, RYE MEAL, CARAMEL COLOR, contains less than 2% of each of the following: SUGAR, SALT, YEAST, SEMOLINA, SOUR CULTURE, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID, FERROUS SULFATE. Wonder which one Chucks uses.

 

 COMMENT 372432P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 05:49 PM

La Brea bread is sooo good. If Gelson's doesn't have the kind of La Brea bread you wish, they will special order it for you. Here's to good pumpernickel. Someday try the La Brea chocolate cherry bread - what a treat.

 

 COMMENT 372445 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 06:54 PM

Is it like the bread at the Outback?

 

 COMMENT 372564 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 10:31 AM

Chuck's bread is consistently very good.
Their bread warmer seems to do a great job of holding it every time I have been there...but then again I 've only been going there since the early 70s.
usually once a week..

 

 COMMENT 372570P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 10:55 AM

Outback bread is too sweet for my taste but the idea is similar. I think of Chuck's as being less sweet but it would be interesting to do a side-by-side.

 

 COMMENT 372604 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 01:23 PM

Chuck's bread was wonderful when we went to their opening night in the sixties and stayed good for years. Now it is dry and tasteless in spite of the steamer.

 

 COMMENT 372630 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 02:37 PM

I liked the original Chucks better, before the change in decor. That was when the terriyaki steak (my favorite) was only $4.95.

 

 COMMENT 372656 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 04:25 PM

604 Curious as to where you went to a Chuck's opening in the 60's. The upper State one just celebrated their 46 th anniversary of their 1976 opening.

 

 COMMENT 372662 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 05:03 PM

I loved Tony Romas when it was in town. They had garlic butter with their bread.

 

 COMMENT 372702 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 06:57 PM

Chuck's opened in January of 1967 - - In the same location as they are today.

 

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