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THE BREAD BRACKET: Final 8

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We’re down to the last eight breads... who will reach the Fermented Four? That’s up to you.

Stephi’s In Southie
Naan, the revelation of the Bread Bracket, can reach the Fermented Four if they knock off
Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

What a Round of 16 we had in the Bread Bracket. Upsets, photo finishes, back-and-forth battles... there was something for everyone. Italian bread finally stopped the Cinderella run of cinnamon swirl, but just barely. Two #1 seeds were sent packing — brioche knocked off ciabatta by a single vote, while baguette stunned sourdough. (I can’t believe that one. A truly kick-ass bread like sourdough losing decisively to the third best French bread in the field! Outrageous.)

The regionality of our voters is becoming a factor, too. Biscuits prevailed over bagels in a slugfest, but if we were in the Northeast it seems pretty likely bagels would still be dancing. Same with Cuban bread, which is a legitimate threat to win the whole thing. Nothing against Cuban bread, but it would struggle to get far if our voters weren’t Floridian, because you can’t get it most other places.

However, none of that explains the run that naan has been on, including a thrilling one-vote win over pretzel rolls in the Sweetbread 16. The #StaanForNaan movement is real, led by one Robert “Boberto” Steeg, who has it taking down the title in his own bracket.

Now... will his naan dreams come true and become the king of all breads? That’s up to you. Time to vote for the Fermented Four. Voting goes through Wednesda night. Winners advance, losers end up stuck in the toaster!


SANDWICH LOAF REGION

Poll

(4) Baguette vs. (2) Cuban Bread

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Baguette
    (12 votes)
  • 71%
    Cuban Bread
    (30 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now

SANDWICH ROLL AND FLATBREAD REGION

Poll

(4) Brioche vs. (2) Naan

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Brioche
    (12 votes)
  • 71%
    Naan
    (30 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now

SOLO BREAD REGION

Poll

(1) Cornbread vs. (3) Italian Bread

This poll is closed

  • 50%
    Cornbread
    (21 votes)
  • 50%
    Italian Bread
    (21 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now

MISCELLANEOUS/MAYBE NOT BREAD REGION

Poll

(1) Croissants vs. (3) Biscuits

This poll is closed

  • 52%
    Croissants
    (22 votes)
  • 47%
    Biscuits
    (20 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now