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903 Peachtree St Ne, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030933.779272 -84.383810
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Midtown, Northeast
Good but pricey – I went here one morning in search of a perfect patisserie. This place has all the makings for it, but it was VERY expensive! We ordered blueberry muffins, ham and cheese croissant, and a cheese danish. All good, but overpriced. We could get the same quality at Au Bon Pain for half the price probably.
Please work on the service – I so much want to love Bakeshop. I want it to be my go-to place in the neighborhood. I can over look the fact that the sandwiches are nothing special (though the pastries and bread are pretty good). But, the service is such a disaster and it drives me crazy.
Whether they're busy or not, the staff at Bakeshop seems to have no efficient routine for filling one's order in a moderately fast manner. Sometimes there's no one around to take your order and you stand and wait and wait and wait. Sometimes you stand in line while an employee takes orders and you wait and wait and wait. Sometimes your order is taken immediately and then you begin to wait and wait and wait.
I can't understand why the management doesn't take note of this as going to Bakeshop is an entirely frustrating experience. Just getting a cappuccino and a loaf of bread to go this morning took 20 minutes. And there were only 2 people in front of me in line.
I want Bakeshop to be fabulous...but it just isn't.
Good food, bad service/venue – I've been eating at Bakeshop since the day they opened, since I live nearby. At first, this place was a dream-- delicious, non-candied tasting pastries that were always fresh. And to be honest, this place is still delicious-- my qualms have NOTHING to do with the food.
However, a few months after opening, they switched the ordering style: instead of asking the employee to get your pastry from behind the glass case (like most places), you now get your own from a table. I'm sure this is to expedite the ordering process, but the problem is...flies. The past five or six times I've been in bakeshop, I've seen flies landing on the table of unprotected food and had to turn around and walk back out-- as delicious as their food is, seeing flies land on a quiche kills your appetite pretty quickly. I wish they'd get some glass coverings to go over each tray-- a simple solution to a very big problem, in my opinion.
The service is also incredibly slow. I was there on a Saturday morning-- they were busy, but not *packed* by any means. A slow and steady stream of customers. My friend and I ordered a breakfast sandwich and French toast. It took over forty-five minutes for our food to get to us, and it came with no apology for the wait.
The quality of the pastries in the case seems to have gone down too-- when they first opened, a lot of their dessert items came in cute little jars, the case was always packed, the cakes looked delicious. Now the cakes look old and poorly made, the desserts look like they could have been previously frozen, and the offerings are sparse.
Again-- the food here is great. I really enjoy it. But the declining quality or the staff and venue makes me question if it will be able to keep it's head above water for long. I'm sure a lot of these changes were made to be more cost or time efficient, but unfortunately, it makes me want to spend *less* of my money and time there.
The sweetest choice in town – Was it the samples of cheddar bacon bread on display when I arrived? Was it the free coffee I received with my first check-in on FourSquare? Was it the fact that cutie Andrew Lincoln from Love Actually was dining right next to me outside? Perhaps it was all of the above, but whatever it was, something about Bakeshop made me just stop and smell the pastry. The creative genius of former Trois pastry chef Jonathan St. Hillaire, Bakeshop comes up a clear winner. From the Ham & Gruyere croissant sandwich, to the fried egg sandwich or the chocolate almond croissant, I was hooked with a capital H. Every bite was perfectly laced with sweet, savory goodness and all I wanted was more. A great location in midtown, with hip, modern décor, this gem in the city is not to be missed. Bonus: Check out the summer cooking classes they offer with chef Jonathan St. Hillaire himself, where you can master everything from the French baguette to tarts and croissants. Bites and libations included, of course. Insider Tip: First and Fifth check-ins on FourSquare receive free coffee and the Mayor gets free dessert!
What a joke. - why isn't ZERO stars an option? – Dining-in: Ordered salad from board. Romaine, tomato, onion, croutons and parmesan dressing. $7 - got small carryout tray contained 4 leaves of bibb lettuce, cheese, dry old onions, cherry tomatoes. no dressing, no croutons. Asked about the cheese - counter personnel thought maybe I was speaking in tongues. Asked again - pointed to salad I ordered on board. Told him to forget it but I could remove the rubbery looking thick slices of processd jack cheese with my own hands. Mentioned the greens. He disappears and comes back with no answer. Again - i say forget it, but what about the croutons - and dressing. I said I wanted the salad I ordered - from the board; this isn't a salad bar. He got me some stale to the point of hard to bite or chew toasted baquette slices. Dressing that came was a vinaigrette. I said NO - the salad you portray as for sale on your board features parmesan dressing. This was clearly a red wine vinaigrette. I held it up for him. He said, "oh I dont' know what that is." Ultimately i paid and walked because the line was building up so much and I felt like Michael Moore doing an expose on their lameness. Ham and cheese croissant was neither a good croissant or good ham. i can get better ham at the Boar's Head counter at Publix. Croissant was flaky, but after waiting an eternity for the sandwich to be warmed, the cheese inside was still half melty and half hard. Ick. The can of diet coke was the hi-light. These people need to up their game - their lack of parking and lack of ability to run a food business should put them out of business within a year unless they take a good hard look at the situation. There are unemployed foodies who can work a cash register who would swiftly realize that what they are slopping isn't what's on the menu. This is an insult to all paying customers. is their pastry good? Who cares? I won't darken their door again on general principle.
Gourmet bakery unloads great quick bites for Midtowners. – In Short
Aptly named, eating in Bakeshop feels like… eating in a bakery. Workers scurry about the open kitchen, giant bags of four line the back walls, shelves are filled with fresh loaves and olive oils. With communal high-top tables hosting Midtown office hounds and overlooking grand view of busy Peachtree Street, this gourmet bakery and sandwich shop has a heavy dose of big city hustle-and-bustle. The no-nonsense menu is elegant but simple: coffee, pastries and breakfast sandwiches for the am hours; soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch; hand-crafted desserts any time. The sandwiches, on delicious fresh baked bread are a no-brainer for the lunch crowd. A grilled cheese gets creative with the likes of brie while even the basic turkey is laced with fat strips of meat, bacon, cheese and avocado. The sweets bring everything from pistachio pots to cupcakes to lemon-raspberry tarts: your instant an excuse for an afternoon delight.
Bakeshop snuck one by me. – I hadn't gone to Bakeshop until recently, because I'm not really much of a sweets guy. But I AM a sucker for breads... especially croissants. So on my maiden voyage I grabbed a delightful blueberry pastry for my afternoon snack, and one of personal favorites--a ham and cheese croissant--for breakfast the following morning.
I woke up the next morning all fired up about my recent purchase. It was 8am or so and I eagerly tore into my flaky, fattening treat only to get blasted with a huge bite of ... MUSTARD! Whoa, hello. I think mustard pairs well with the salty ham and melty cheese, but at such an early hour, it was a little too much. Perhaps I should have just eaten it in the afternoon, or maybe I'm a little sensitive to the yellow sauce. But I really prefer the ham & cheese croissants at San Francisco Coffee.
Bakeshop = Out of Control – Yes, there is no other way to begin this review other than saying the Bakeshop is out of control! The Bakeshop is located on the Midtown Mile on the corner of Peachtree St. and 8th Street. You walk in and immediately notice the incredible design inside. It is essentially one large room, completely open to the kitchen where the bread is freshly baked daily. The Bakeshop has a comforting feeling about it where strangers become friends as the sitting arrangements are long wooden style tables that stretch from one side of the restaurant to the other. There are no individual tables, but instead everyone sits next and across from each other on a couple long "picnic" style hightops. Freshly baked breads, croussaints, muffins, bagels, danishes, cookies and scones line the counter as you contemplate which one to order first. They have a chocolate almond croissant that is to die for. I am drooling just thinking about it! I went there for lunch with my dad and ordered the grilled cheese with brie cheese on challah bread and there smoked tomato soup as a side. I am a fairly picky eater so getting a grilled cheese with brie on it was rather scary at first since it was a stretch from my traditional american style grilled cheese. But the brie grilled cheese was incredible and left me wondering how I had never had a grilled cheese with brie before! The smoked tomato soup was refreshing and comforting, and was a perfect compliment to the sandwich. My dad ordered the Roasted Turkey sandwich. This sandwich comes with avocado, romaine, tomatoes, turkey, and bacon on toasted country sourdough. The picture above of the giant sandwich is only HALF of the sandwich! Ridiculous right?!? Plenty for leftovers and was ohh so good! We then ordered one of their double chocolate chip cookies for dessert which, as you can guess, was huge as well. This place far exceeded my expectations and is dangerously delicious! The prices were all under $10 with the largest portions. To the employees- great work and welcome to the neighborhood! Thank you so much for providing a great place to not only enjoy your delicious treats (which I can tell you have put a ton of work into), but also for such a great ambiance and of course, for your welcoming smiles. So if you see me, and I've gained weight, at least you'll know why ;) ... I won't be able to stay away from this place! This is definitely a great lunch that you must pencil into your schedule to try!
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