Article and photos by Kathleen
Everyone want to enjoy a great restaurant but
sometimes being a great restaurant isn't enough. Bakeries who can
provide a special cake are necessary for birthdays and special occasions
but what about that hearty sandwich or special meal?
However when you combine the two
you have a place you want to visit regularly. That's the case with these
restaurants/bakeries that combine great food with fantastic cakes you
have a sure winner. Here are some of my favorite cafe and bakery
Julie Anne's in Shreveport, Louisiana has made a reputation in over
a decade of creating King Cakes for the pre-Mardi Gras season. So when I
got chance to watch one actually being made I jumped at the opportunity.
It looked so artistic. The baker rolled out the dough into a
rectangle about 20 by 10 inches and maybe a half inch thick.
She then spread it with cream filling and some fruit, cherries in
this case. Then she rolled it up tightly and curled it into a oval
shaped circlet. From the underside, she gently inserted the baby. She
then places a small square of dough to seal the place where the ends met
and smoothed it gently. Now it was ready to go into the oven. When it
emerged and cooled, a white creamy icing was placed on the top. this was
sprinkled with sugar dyed to green, gold and purple. Naturally they also
make wonderful birthday, wedding or special occasion cakes too.
Creating a King Cake
Julie Anne's is also a great place to stop by for
a super lunch or snack. It's hard to beat their Roast Beef Po Boy made
from a secret family recipe. The gravy just drips off that crusty po boy
bread and your mouth can't resist that tender roast beef. If you =are
health conscious you can enjoy their
grilled chicken or shrimp salad or maybe a Turkey Walnut Wrap.
The menu isn't huge but it offers enough choices no one leaves
For breakfast, you can have anything from a
standard bacon, eggs and biscuits to one of their light-as-a-feather
cr�pes. Top it with your
favorite flavor ice cream and it's hard to beat.
Fatty Patty's in Panama City Beach, Florida is the place to go for a
one-of a kind-cake. Owner, Renee Schaarschmidt, has creates some really
artistic masterpieces. She
said she always loved to make cakes and wanted to go to the Wilton
School in Chicago to perfect her art. Wilton School is home to the most
experienced staff of cake decorating instructors in the world and has
been one of the top cake schools for over 50 years.
She finally saved up enough to go
to Chicago and take the courses. It paid off. Renee opened Fat Pattys
about five years
ago and gained national recognition almost at once. She won
Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice
Awards™ for cake design in 2009 and again in
2010. Her cakes have been
featured on Southern Wedding, The
Knot and Emerald Coast Brides.
|Renee explains how to
create a battleship cake
Her other cakes are just as spectacular. One that
she did recreated a battleship complete with tiny frosted lifeboats and
all the mechanical details. She has created a cake that looks like
everything from Spiderman to college football stadiums.
The caf� side of the business is not neglected. I
enjoyed one of her breakfast feasts and can vouch for that. You can have
anything from simple biscuits and sausage gravy to an exquisite Eggs
Benedict. Lunch will leave you feeling like you are the restaurant's
namesake when you try one of her Fatty Patty Burgers. It's a half pound
of beef with almost anything you can think of on it. She refers to it as
"You build it. We make it."
Her muffaletta is no slouch either with generous
servings of ham, mortadella, salami homemade olive tapenade, mozzarella
and provolone cheeses on a huge muffaleta roll .
And then there is the Rubin.. but well, you get the picture.
You could always go for the healthy choices and try one of the
delicious salads. Anything you choose, you will enjoy.
Our Daily Bread in Fitzgerald Georgia proves that some of the best
eateries are family owned businesses located in small towns.
Carol Ball, the owner, says, " We
specialize in the truly indulgent and the sinfully decadent, all
prepared in the "southern tradition" that has taken generations to
|Lindsey works on a masterpiece
Judging by their delicious lunches, she is so
right. I enjoyed their Sample Plate with Fruited Chicken Salad, Tuna
Salad and Egg Salad and washed it down with the delectable Raspberry
Daughter, Lindsey Phillips, who had originally
planned to be a math teacher, started doing the baking to help out and
fell in love with cake making. Her cakes
are quite unique. One is of a couple who are obvious Harley Davidson
fans. The cake is topped with a very lifelike
'cycle and the bride and groom dressed for riding perched on the
side. Another is the couple's honeymoon car complete with a bunch of
cans tied to the back bumper and wedding wishes written on the windows.
Lindsey has done so well that she
recently opened a separate location mainly specializing in her baked
The original location is right on the square in
downtown Fitzgerald and the new location is nearby on Central.
Carol sums it up perfectly. "Whether you need
lunch, a loaf of bread, a wedding cake, or just a smile and a friendly
"hey y'all!," Our Daily Bread is the place to go."
Ward's Store and Bakery in
DeSmet, South Dakota carries on the
Little Town on the Prairie
tradition. Located in the town where
Laura Ingalls Wilder grew up, they offer not only a superb breakfast and
lunch restaurant and bakery, but Ward's now carries a lot of South
Dakota made items like honey and beeswax products by Lake Thompson Honey
of Oldham and dried mixes for dips, cocoa and soup created by Grassland
Gourmet and Gifts of Onida. Several local artists have their work
available there also. Robyn Flickenger’s painted feathers and pheasant
feather crafts, Dale and Eileen Goreham's woodcarvings, Irene Petersen's
scarves, black and white clay pottery with horsehair and feather
imprints created by Dove Creek Designs and Brad Hodne's large chainsaw
woodcarvings are all popular. Several books from local authors are also
found there. You can even find specially made doggie treats for your
|Patti explains the choices at Ward's
Owner, Patti Ward, tries to maintain the home town atmosphere and has
created a place where locals can enjoy a cup of coffee and gather and
visitors can glimpse what life on the frontier of Laura Ingalls Wilder
felt like. The food is great, I
Chicken Pecan Wrap
and the other choices looked good too. On the bakery end Patti said, "I
just like to personalize cakes for people so it has real meaning for the
one that is getting it! Birthday , wedding, anniversary, etc."
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