i miss oregon
Dave's Killer Bread is right up there (after, naturally, my awesome friends who shipped said bread).
How can you not love Dave's? The bread and the story are awesome! Dave is an ex con former meth addict who was homeless for three years, arrested a bunch of times, and thrown in prison. The prison stint gave him time, i guess, to think things out, sober up and find his calling. Now he makes really awesome bread.
I tend to dislike sandwich bread because it's usually bland and boring. Dave's is, now that I think about it, the only sandwich bread that I've ever really loved (or liked, for the matter -- I guess most people don't feel "love" towards sandwich bread). It's big, grainy, seedy hippie bread. Dave's comes in ten varieties. They're all organic. My favorite is good seed because it's loaded with flax seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.
You can buy the bread online, but works out to $10/loaf which, you know, is a bit steep for a student.
So, Dave, if you're reading this, PLEASE expand distribution to Chicago. It worked for Starbucks (their first non-Pacific Northwest shops were in Chicago), it can work for you. Not to suggest that you aspire to world (and airport kiosk) domination. But I really think my life would be more complete if Dave's were part of my regular diet.