I am on the road everyday with my job and am in Rockland County on Tuesdays and Fridays. I have been going to the Rockland Bakery ever since one of the salesaman at Grand Prize Cadillac told me where that amazing smell of baking bread was coming from. I was at the Caddy dealer working and the smell of baking bread was driving me crazy!!!!!
I keep telling everyone about it, but have not had a chance yet to bring them down there to show them, so thanks for the photos, Billyboy.
Been going to Rockland Bakery for decades. What’s spooky is you can wrap breads in foil (even halves) and freeze. When you need top-shelf bread, leave it sit on your kitchen counter to thaw, and by suppertime it’s like just-bought: amazing! The perfect complement to winter soups and stews. When there, avoid the boxes being filled for restaurants, else may get yelled at like I do. Save your gloves like me. I use them to rub-in capsatian-based stuff on my back since I’m an old timer with lots of aches and pains.
My wife grew up in Rockland County in the 50’s and 60’s and remembers going with her family to Rockland Bakery for hard rolls. When I met her in college and visited, we always went got some for burgers and our version of ‘beef on weck’ – I’m from western NY. She sent her father a link to this trip report and he enjoyed it very much. Thanks.
While I have seen those boxes of muffins in Nanuet as well, I am not sure if they are baked there or if a third party makes them. Years ago, Pechters used to get donuts from Acme Cake in Brooklyn. They did not bake everything they sold in that outlet store. I am still trying to determine if that supermarket Pechters bread that Ellen posted a picture of about a month ago in the thread on Harold’s is baked in Harrison or Nanuet. The problem is that Rockland and Pechters were head-to-head competitors in certain parts of the NYC metro area, such as Manhattan where their delivery areas overlapped. I fear that some favorite items of mine will get dropped as one plant takes over production of the item for the combined corporation. Certainly, Harrison is no longer producing the hot dog buns you would see on NYC dirty water hot dog carts.
You did it again BB, very nice.
<<Rockland is about the last man standing in the New York specialty baking industry, having bought Pechter’s>.
David: I’ve noticed that the Pechter’s oultet store in Harrison NJ now carries corn and bran muffins in boxes labeled "Rockland Bakery". Do you happen to know if they are now making them at Rockland and shipping them to Pechters or are the just using the names interchangeably? The muffins do not seem as fresh as they used to, maybe the shipping has something to do with it. Pechter’s is still making thier own (and my favorite) Rye bread at the Harrison plant.
Thanks for any clarification, from your posts I note that you seem to know a thing or two about NY area bakeries. –Ken
While the photos don’t show it, the place is HUGE. It looks like every few years they built additions to the left of the retail store shown in the photos, including a three story high prefab steel building. Rockland is about the last man standing in the New York specialty baking industry, having bought Pechter’s.
Another great trip report .
The Rockland Bakery is worth the trip !!
The Tappan Zee pictures are Fantastic !!!
Next time go 30 miles further north and we can share a dog with CI Lou at Coney Island Rest. in Middletown NY
Those bakery pics are Magnificent!!
Ohhh, the carbs!![;)]
Great photos, billyboy. I just had to take one look at the photos and I could smell the bread.
For hamburger and hot dog cooks, Rockland also sells food service buns, including the Burger King ‘Whopper’ style. I also like their cheesecake, one of the best around.
Here is a corrected link for the bakery’s web site:
Those pics from the bakery drove me crazy!
For some reason, your pics actually make me smell the food!
I am a HUGE bread lover.. I could go insane in that place.
What a nice write up, as usual, BB>….
That day hike is something that I love to do.
I miss living in the Adirondacks, espressly for that reason.!
BTW. the link took me to a place called spectraworx, and not the bakery.[?]
You’ll love it here, Bill…
(I know I’M addicted)
p.s. There are a lot worse hobbies to have than jumping on Roadfood.com!
NYC Food Guy
Nice work as usual. Those pics are great. Looks like some awesome bread for sandwiches. Which bread smelled the best? Or was it too hard to differentiate.
Big day just signed up for roadfood.
OHMIGAWD! That bakery and those pics are amazing!!!!!!!!
Lovely area, I used to stop in Piermont and my friend who always meant to end up there finally settled further upriver in Cold Spring (nice too but no view of the TZ bridge).
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