A flaky danish enfolds prunes and almond paste. A banana-cream pie sports tufts of fresh-whipped cream. There’s a certain nostalgic quality to the baked goods at La Bonbonniere Bake Shoppe, which is fitting for a place whose origins date back to 1952, the year nostalgia was discovered. Each morning, seasoned bakers whip up cupcakes, batches of real buttercream frosting, and sugar-laced pastries. They also knead dough for nearly a dozen varieties of bread including french, rye, and pumpernickel.
Though sweets are the shop’s focus, they have a full-catering menu with soups, sandwiches, and hot meals. In addition, they offer a wide variety of canned jams and salsa, plus organic dog treats.
Visible from far off, the billowing sails of Buccaneer Bay BBQ flap in the wind over the white, barn-shaped hull of the restaurant below. There, the pit master oversees slow-and-low smoked ribs and chicken, which emerge from the heat tender and juicy, brushed with a homemade barbecue sauce. Plates present offerings of spicy sausage hoagies, pulled pork sandwiches, and barbecue quesadillas with cheese, barbecue sauce, and a choice of meat. In addition to sides such as chili, macaroni and cheese, and corn bread, visitors will find homemade, hand-dipped ice cream and cool italian ice.
Inside Buttery Bake Shoppe, bakers spend their days crafting a range of homemade treats using only kosher ingredients. They create custom cakes, which they decorate for special occasions, or hearty loaves of bread that add a rustic feel to meals throughout the day. They are perhaps best known for their pastries and sweets, such as soft cookies straight from the oven or chocolate-covered brownies on a stick, which burst with rich flavors like a stock brokers' food fight.
Trays of colorful, frosted cookies and cakes fill the glass case inside The Buttery Bake Shoppe. Behind these sit wire baskets overflowing with muffins, pastries, and baguettes that give the small bakery the mouthwatering aroma of freshly baked bread. The staff is always happy to help customers navigate the large selection with recommendations.