As with beer and bourbon, bread is made from just a handful of basic, humble ingredients. But the way those ingredients are manipulated makes all the difference in the world. It's all in the hands, likely. Why else would so many of the area's top chefs get daily deliveries from this small and impossibly productive bakery in Cleveland Heights? Pull apart the epi, snap off a hunk of baguette, carve off a slice of the sourdough, and you'll taste how those few modest building blocks of food can be transformed into bites you'll remember long after they're gone.
3471 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-320-9923, ontheriseartisanbreads.com.