Photo by Melissa Mackaly.

The Localist: Constantin’s Bread

It makes an amazing grilled cheese.

Jimmy’s Food Store on Bryan Street is home to many local products. From house-made ravioli to cayenne-coated peanuts out of Garland, you can find a large variety of DFW merchandise on their store shelves. One of my favorites is Constantin’s Breads. I stumbled upon The Italiana loaf while waiting for a sandwich at the back of the shop.

Now, just because it’s Italian bread doesn’t mean it has to be covered in olive oil and eaten with pasta, although that is a great way to eat it. I use the Italiana bread for everything. It makes an amazing grilled cheese, it’s perfect for a plain old peanut butter and jelly sandwich and it toasts beautifully.

Another great thing about Constantin’s Bread is that it stays fresh for up to a week. And if you have any left after that week, it is great in recipes. It’s perfect for bread pudding because the texture doesn’t allow the egg mixture to consume it. So you get that bread feel without being too dry.
Because it is such a small company, they don’t have a website (yet) or a Facebook page that lists locations. I’ve only seen it at Jimmy’s but it’s most likely floating around in other Dallas stores.

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Comments

  • Kevin Lieberman

    I wonder if this is the same Constantin’s that used to be Constantin’s Café in Addison and (long ago) Café Athenee in North Dallas. Does anyone know? This looks a lot like the bread from their Romanian restaurants.

    • Juliana Osborne

      Yes it is!:) He has sold it 2, 3 years ago but it’s still his bread, recipe,creations, etc! Now Constantin is retired!

  • Juliana Osborne

    She does this foods all the time! I just ate some Saturday night, caviar salad and roasted bell pepper salad!:) It was her birthday!
    I”m their daughter!

  • Kevin Lieberman

    Juliana…please say hello to your mother for me. This food is my all time favorite. My family moved out of state for a few years and we were devastated when we moved back and Constantin’s was closed. She made my father’s wedding cake! The caviar salad was my mother’s favorite. Your mother gave me some to bring to her when she was sick with cancer and it meant so much to her. Is any of the food still being sold to the public beside the bread? I would love to surprise my family with some!!

  • Kevin Lieberman

    Juliana…please say hello to your mother for me. This food is my all time favorite. My family moved out of state for a few years and we were devastated when we moved back and Constantin’s was closed. She made my father’s wedding cake! The caviar salad was my mother’s favorite. Your mother gave me some to bring to her when she was sick with cancer and it meant so much to her. Is any of the food still being sold to the public beside the bread? I would love to surprise my family with some!!

  • Juliana Osborne

    Hi Kevin! I will tell her you said hello!:) I will ask her if she does make special circumstances or occasion that she sells her delicious food to the public! Both my Mother and my Father, are happily retired, taking care of their grandchildren(my kids):)! Maybe you can just marry a Romanian girl, then she will cook for you delicious food every day:)!

  • Kevin Lieberman

    Oh, that would be wonderful!!!! I dream about her stuffed cabbage…I make it at home but doesn’t come close. I wouldn’t even know where to begin with the caviar salad! Haha, my wife is lovely, a great cook and very small part Romanian, from a long ago distant relative…no Romanian family recipes though 🙁