November 30, 2008

The Village Baker opens a new place

By Angele Sionna

NEW LOCATION: 1435 S Milton, Flagstaff, AZ (behind Strombolli's)
(no menu online)

The Food (taste/flavor/quality of food & drinks)
>>>>= a favorite, can count on it being good every time

The Atmosphere (environment, wait staff, comfortableness)
x= if the food's good enough, still worth going, otherwise forget it

Price (what to generally expect to pay per person per entree)
$= under $10

Value (what you get for your money)
*** = fair -you get what you pay for, not in a bad way

This was one of the best kept secrets in Flagstaff. A tiny little bakery without a sign making some of the best breads in town. But now the Village Baker has a new location, still without any frills, except in their foods.

Village Baker is a bakery only, not a real restaurant, though the new location does have a barstool or two in the front window. It is a great place to buy fresh, unique, healthy breads. They’ve got quite an impressive assortment from several varieties of whites and sourdoughs to honey wheats and multigrains and everything in between. Options to depend on the day and the time. So go in the morning for the biggest selection.

When they opened the new location, they also added lots of yummy breakfast items from cinnamon rolls to scones, danish and more. The fresh fruit danish are really good and worth going for. But do plan on just running in and picking up your chosen goodies. The atmosphere is totally lacking.

Whether you’re a tourist or a local, I’d recommend stopping in and picking up a loaf (ask them to slice it for you). Then grab some deli meats from the grocery store and head out for a picnic at the Arizona Snowbowl just north of town. There are plenty of spots in the meadow or under a tree to throw down your picnic blanket and hang out with the whole family. This is actually a tradition for my family every father’s day.

NOTE: During the summer and early fall, you can also buy Village Baker breads at the Flagstaff Farmer's Market.

**TIP: Look in Flagstaff’s independent free weekly tabloids for an occasional dollar off coupon for The Village Baker!**

More Village Baker photos HERE.

1 comments:

Kent said...

Hi,

My name is Kent and I just spent 2 months living in Flagstaff, originally coming from New Jersey. This is an awesome review of the Village Baker. Going into my stay in Flagstaff, I heard about places like Macy's, NJ Pizza Co, Beaver Street Brewery, and Pato Thai.

They were all awesome, but it was not until my third to last day in Flagstaff that I discovered the Village Baker- I had seen their breads in New Frontiers and the Farmer's Market but the store itself blew me away with breads flavors such as lavender and whole wheat honey cinnamon raisin. The stuff there was so great.

What really confused me then and still now it how little the place seems to be appreciated. I am all for hole in the wall places without a big sign or advertising but the VIllage Baker gets no play at all in town or online, and it doesn't have a website, so I am delighted to read your great review.

I also really enjoy the pictures you posted. Actually, I would have loved to take some pictures myself of the breads there but forgot my camera the one time I went. I am wondering if you could please do me a tremendous favor and email me some of the pictures you took of the bakery, preferably the one with all of the breads on the rack. I saw it on your Photobucket site and it is really small. A larger picture, with your permission of course, would make a great desktop photo for me that I could show me friends.

If you wouldn't mind mailing me the one picture, could you please send it to seriouskent@gmail.com

Thank you so much! Please keep up the great blog.

Thanks again,
Kent

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