On a recent trip to Englewood, N.J., on our way to dinner with my family at Baumgart's, I had the driver stop at the Balthazar Bakery store, actually a wholesale operation with a retail shop.
We were greeted by this impressive mound of butter, evidence of the large scale operation going on beyond the glass window. Here they churn out a huge variety of impeccably made French bread pastries, along with their excellent breads. Everything is so wonderfully fresh and delicious it is always impossible to choose. Izzy and I love to peer into the back and watch the dough in motion.
Our taxi driver, who decided to hop out and shop for himself (after I raved non-stop about the place), had so much difficulty choosing that he left the store with an armload of goodies. We were more judicious, a few croissants, some madeleines and a sourdough bread.
If you find yourself in Northern New Jersey, this place is most definitely worth a detour, for that matter, it merits a special trip!