July 31st, 2012

The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe: Can Man Live On Bread Alone?

The Sunflower Bakery has long been one of my go-to providers of the artisan bread and pastry. It was knea-deep in the carefully baked dough craze before everyone started bragging about their supplies from Kraftsmen and Slow Dough. That’s back in the last millenium. Whereas Slow Dough prizes the pretzel and Kraftsmen bolsters the baguette and bagel, Sunflower holds the challah, balla.

Like some of its newer competitors, Sunflower Bakery, too, offers more than the traditional baked goods. It stands to reason that the baker would know what best to put on their loaf. That’s foreseeing the potential in its entirety.

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The Sunflower isn’t a bakery/cafe if it isn’t serving a bread basket before the entree. That’s science. They do and it’s every bit as good as you’d hope. The butter usually arrives shotgun as an anti-choke spread. Let’s face it, bread can be dry. It’s not needed here.

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Granted, some of the items at the Sunflower Bakery are not dependent on bread. That’s no reason to discount their worth. Take the Seafood Salad, it’s julienne vegetables, greens, avocado, grilled salmon, jumbo scallops, shrimp and fried goat cheese. That’s not a side salad. It’s not an appetizer either. Make it the meal and enjoy.

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The Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad is no sans-bread slouch either. With red onions, beefsteak tomatoes, avocado halves and scallops on a bed of mixed greens, good luck coming away disappointed.

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Not to become complacent with the already delicious challah, the Sunflower Bakery went ahead and nearly put the original to shame by concocting Challah French Toast. FYI: They’ll claim real maple syrup. I have yet to see it. Regardless, the Log Cabin that they do provide is no hinderance.

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By the way, the Sunflower Bakery is in Galveston. Sure that’s slightly further away than most of us would like, but our travels do take us there occasionally. If the tales of baked goods aren’t enough to warrant a pilgrimage to the Third Coast, make it a beach day.

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Where – Galveston – 512 14th Street, Galveston, TX 77550
What – Delicious baker of sweets and breads; there’s a restaurant too
Wear – Bathing suit and cover-up are all right, but not recommended
How much – Loaves of bread are usually less than $5.00; pastries are under $10.00; pies are around $22.00; it’s an artisan bakery, look to spend
When – Monday through Friday: 8:00AM to 7:00PM; Saturday: 8:00AM to 9:00PM; Sunday 8:00AM to 3:00PM
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— Richard

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