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Empire Baking Co.

photography by Kevin Hunter Marple

Empire Baking Co.



  • Best of Big D: Best Bakery for Bread (2016, 2012, 2010)
  • Readers' Choice: Best Bakery for Bread (2015)
  • Best Comfort Food: Best Salads (2013)


The key to Empire’s success is simple. They use unprocessed flour and natural starters that are a lot less aggressive and allow bread to take on different textures and tastes. Expensive ingredients include King Arthur flour, natural sea salt, Plugra butter, and Callebaut chocolate. They are the building blocks of their recipes. The wide variety of breads here include kalamata olive round, hippie health load, raisin pumpernickel, walnut scallion round, whole wheat farm, and challah. Try the jalapeño cheese loaf. It makes a great PB&J sandwich.

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