For $5, today's side deal gets you $10 worth of organic breads and foods at Black Bear Bakery.
- Worker-owned-and-operated bakery featuring 100% organic, old-world bread recipes
- Housed in the historic Vandora Theater Building, Black Bear has been a St. Louis institution since 1916
- Famous Lickhalter rye and pumpernickel breads ($4.50) are hearty, moist sourdough bread from the old Lickhalter family recipe
- Neighborhood all-you-can-eat vegetarian brunch ($10 per person) on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Homemade organic granolas ($6) contain no refined sugars or hydrogenated oils
- Food made fresh from scratch daily
- Variety of vegan options
- Community activist, child-friendly setting
- The lighting and available spots make the place ideal for any sort of social engagement: cozy morning-after with a loved one, breaking bread with your hipster friends, sitting at a table alone and enjoying the coffee. – Andy D., Yelp
- BBB is a worker owned business that is dedicated to doing the right thing, whether that be globally or baking-wise, they get it right. – Jennifer B., Yelp
Black Bear Bakery
At Black Bear Bakery, every batch of Lickhalter sourdough-rye bread, sweet pastries, and crunchy granola is made with the care of a shop owner. That’s because each staff member serves as a partial owner of the communal shop. This makes each staff member feel a personal responsibility for creating a shop they’d like their family to come to, encouraging them to use eco-friendly processes and locally sourced, organic ingredients. Along with whole-grain recipes filled with specialty ingredients such as kalamata olives and rosemary, bakers use century-old recipes passed down from the owners of Lickhalter Bakery. These recipes create hearty sourdough-rye loaves sprinkled with caraway seeds or twisted together with pumpernickel dough.
While breads are their specialty, bakers fill their ovens with more than just bread loaves. They craft handmade, boiled bagels that come sans holes, as well as cookies, baked granola, pizza crusts, and a variety of buns. On the weekends, they welcome the community for a vegetarian and vegan brunch, which features staples such as pancakes, quiche, potatoes, and bread pudding made from their loaves. These dishes can be washed down with pours of fair trade coffee, juice, tea, or pastry filling.