Food & Drink


2017 Winner: Hi-Rise Bread Company

Photo Credit: Nishat Khan


Rene Becker, founder of this now-iconic Cambridge baking biz, used to be a food critic— which may explain the palpable pursuit of perfection that embodies Hi-Rise. Besides bread, ever-changing splays of cookies are a hi-light here, especially signature Oreolike treats of fudgy chocolate sandwiching vanilla cream. The secret is in Becker’s scrupulous sourcing, starting with a bakery’s base: butter. He uses European-style Plugra, known for its high butterfat content—and the flavor that comes with it.

Hi-Rise Bread Company

208 Concord Ave., Cambridge • (617) 876-8766

Hi-Rise Bread Company

1663 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge • (617) 492-3003

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