It was one of those places you drive past all the time with every intention of going in, yet you always have some sort of reason not to stop. A doting lover of pastries, bakeries are a treasured resource for me. Consequently, I am kicking myself for not stopping at Baked sooner.

Bakeries have always intrigued me. Whenever I am some place new, I try to always oblige my vacation duties and stop at a local patisserie. They remind me of how much I enjoyed waiting in line on Saturdays at Reynas on Kansas Ave with my mom, picking out sweet breads and absorbing the aroma for future memories. Local artisan bakeries have the smell, the price, and the taste to help you find something to suit any craving.

After agreeing to satiate my hunger for nostalgia, I found that the French establishment lived up to its simply stated name.

Located in the former home of Napoleon’s bakery in Westport, Baked offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, but the pastry case is what got my undivided attention.

The Chocolate Croissant ($2.75) was classically flaky and delicious, but the cinnamon roll ($2.50) moistened with thick decadent icing is what left me wanting more.

The BKC Candy Bar ($4) rightfully the most popular, is a generous layered indulgent dream. A crumbly crust sets up the crispy, crunchy caramel texture with a serious layer of fudgy chocolate topped with a thin caramel topping.

Another selling point, it’s a bakery that serves beer. Housed with Boulevard, other craft selections, wine and cocktails, plus you can’t beat the idyllic summertime outdoor patio.

A reliable bakery nearby can be an invaluable source. I suggest you explore, and indulge.

Stefanie Penn


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