0.7 min readBy Published On: June 3rd, 2022Categories: Features21 Comments

In honor of National Donut Day,  we take a trip down memory lane to the old school bakeries of South Boston.  There was Hayden’s (later Mother Hubbard’s) at the corner of N and Fourth. Klem’s at H and Broadway.  And we can’t forget Argus’ Bakery on East Eighth Street.  They had the most delicious coffee rolls and Irish Bread.  My nana would go after Mass on Sundays, wait in line, and bring back a little bit of heaven!  It was a good day if you had an Argus’ coffee roll!

There were many more also – Alice’s Bakery also on East Eighth.  Mae’s  – known for their doughnuts. Another favorite we were reminded of – Green Freedmans!  Joseph’s Bakery at the corner of K and Fourth has been in business for over 50 years!

Which ones do you miss?

21 Comments

  1. colleen happas November 7, 2021 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Klems had the best half moons !!

  2. Laura Lydon November 8, 2021 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Wow.. I was just talking about ARGUS’S !! THEY HAD THE BEST BUTTER COOKIES, STARS, ETC. I HAVE NOT YET HAD A BUTTER COOKIE AS GOOD AS THEIRS!

  3. Bob Washburn November 11, 2021 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    We’d get donuts at Hayden’s after Sunday mass.

  4. Esther Comeau December 6, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    I grew up in Southie in the 40s and 50s. I remember going to Alice’s to buy donuts after Mass on Sunday. Do you happen to have a photo of Alice’s? I’m writing my stories in “Storyworth” and it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Esther Trifiro Comeau

  5. Gregory Diatchenko January 27, 2022 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Was it Alice’s Bakery that made the best Polish Rye Bread back in the 70’s? My dad used to buy about 8-10 loaves every Sunday morning from a German delicatessen in Hyde Square in Jamaica Plain. The loaves were fresh! Where can I find this bread today?

  6. Peggy doyle February 10, 2022 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    klemns use to be Helens till the fire. There also was green freemen’s on old colony ave were the gas station is d street and old colony. We were so lucky to have them all. Thanks Maureen. Peggy doyle

  7. Richard Kosack April 7, 2022 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Alice bakery baked best Lithuanian rye.
    In Chicagoland I just found Grandmothers bread that is similar rye!

  8. Tom nee June 3, 2022 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Lets not ever forget green freedman’s best bread and Half moons 👍

  9. John Walsh June 3, 2022 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Mae’s had the best Persians (cinnamon roll pastry) and Argus had fabulous hermits.😋

  10. Stephen Rusteika June 3, 2022 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Green Freedman’s. They had the best bread. Every Sunday after Mass.

  11. Rich dahill Pa June 4, 2022 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Mae’s had the best jelly’s and honey dipped

  12. Susan Barrett June 9, 2022 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    I lived down the lower end on West Ninth St. I remember a bakery on East 8th Street, near E St. They had the best danishes and cupcakes for 5 cents. We would wait outside with our mouths watering for them to finish baking. I don’t remember the name, but my mouth is watering right now, thinking of those delicious pastries!

  13. Corinne R. Stiles June 9, 2022 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    the best Persians were at Mae’s and the donuts were out of this world! Argus’s had the best Irish bread that i have ever had. A friend’s husband used to go there every St. Patricks parade day and get 10 loaves to have after the parade….we were all in our glory!!!!!!!

  14. Beverly (Logan) Welch June 10, 2022 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Anyone remember the name of the bakery at H St and 7th (circa early 50’s) that sold Cat pies.?

  15. Marie Keefe June 10, 2022 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    does anyone remember the name of the bakery on “H”st that made cat pies?

  16. Margaret June 17, 2022 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Susan B – it was called (by neighborhood kids) ‘The Danish’ on West 8th. It was not a bakery per say but a place where they baked and then distributed to local bakeries and restaurants. If you stood by the back door off the loading dock and waited they would sell you a danish right out of the over for 5 cents. The delicious smell permiated the neighborhood.

    I worked at Green-Freedmans when I was 15. My first job. Even got to use the bread slicer – remember that? I think I made around 50 cents an hour and all the cheesecake and freshly baked bread you could carry home.

  17. Lori Comeau Lynch June 20, 2022 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Helen’s Bakery on East Broadway near “H” Street had good donuts but, they had the best crimp (cream) bread. It was made in a can and so good toasted. My dad owned the butcher shop next door.

  18. Cathy OFlaherty July 27, 2022 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Mother Hubbard’s Donuts

  19. Lee P. July 28, 2022 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    If I am remembering correctly, Cliff Robertson worked at Argus bakery in the movie Charlie from the ’60s. Or at least it was partially filmed there.

  20. Curtis Carroll July 28, 2022 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Mae’s before school at the Hart or Gatey! Always warm and fresh!

  21. Kerry September 17, 2022 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Mother Hubbard’s round bread! Literal circle slices. The best!

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