The best thing since sliced, you know

April 2, 2008

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In search of a good breadbasket? These restaurants are here for you, offering everything from flatbread to ciabatta.

Banq, 1375 Washington St., South End, Boston, 617-451-0077. banq Three varieties of bread are baked in Banq's tandoor: traditional naan; bakarkhani, made with sun-dried tomatoes; and whole wheat naan with mint. They come with a dip of the day.

Bertucci's, various locations. The Italian chain's European-style rolls have won a following. They're served warm in a basket, several per person, with seasoned dipping oil.

The Helmand, 143 First St., Cambridge, 617-492-4646. helmandrestaurant Flatbread is fired in a wood-burning oven, then served with vibrant dipping sauces: mint-yogurt, cilantro, and chili.

La Morra, 48 Boylston St., Brookline, 617-739-0007. The ciabatta-style bread is made at the restaurant, as is the fresh ricotta cheese served for dipping.

L'Andana, 86 Cambridge St., Burlington, 781-270-0100. Thick slices are brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with Parmesan and fresh oregano. On the side is a paste of sun-dried tomato and olive oil.

Sel de la Terre, 255 State St., Boston, 617-720-1300; 1245 Worcester St., Natick, 508-650-1800. A basket that offers plenty of variety, from wheat and sourdough to fig-anise and olive.

Union Bar and Grille, 1357 Washington St., South End, Boston, 617-423-0555. Each table gets a little skillet of sweet, warm corn bread. - DEVRA FIRST