Craft Gourmet Bakery: Pensacola
One of the fun things about visiting Pensacola in recent years has all been finding all the new and delicious places that pop up in between our visits. I try to keep an ear to the ground for recent developments and openings. One thing I’ve actively been looking for is a good bakery in Pensacola. My last beach trip Craft Gourmet Bakery popped up in my search, and I immediately put it on my “to-eat” list. It definitely did not disappoint! Tucked away in a little strip mall (not far from our favorite shopping), Craft Gourmet Bakery has only been open since November of 2018.
One Sunday morning Christie and I decided the time was right for a bakery visit. The shop is airy, open, and inviting. When we arrived the owner, Jordan, happened to be behind the counter. She was as warm and inviting as the shop itself, and clearly passionate about what she does. (I love eating food that people love making.) Before opening her bakery she used to be the pastry chef at George’s, which she highly recommended. Another one on the “to-eat” list! She enthusiastically invited us to sample her house-made gelato, featuring unique flavors such as honey lavender goat cheese and mint infused with fresh mint (rather than an extract). Both were delicious and creamy.
Between Christie and me, we walked away with five different bakery items to try: a black garlic sourdough baguette, a key lime mousse tart, a berry claw, a maple bacon morning roll, and a cheddar chive bacon scone, plus a latte. While the latte was little on the milky side for our druthers, overall it was excellent, surprisingly so, right up there with any third-wave coffee shop. It was mellow and nutty, with a lovely microfoam. In most bakeries the coffee often plays second fiddle to the pasties, but not here! Jordan herself made the latte, no less.
We managed to wait until we got home to dive into the goodies. Every. single. thing. was delicious, beautifully balanced, and well-crafted indeed! The cheddar chive bacon scone (which Melissa couldn’t stop eating) was packed with flavor and neither heavy nor dry. The key lime mousse tart (which Christie couldn’t stop eating) was melt-in-your mouth light, appropriately tart and not cloyingly sweet. The maple bacon morning roll (the one that, well, Michael couldn’t stop eating…) was once again, tender and perfectly balanced between sweet and smoky, with the faintest hint of warmth from some cayenne. The range of flavors available in the bakery means something is available for everyone’s taste. As we cut into the berry claw, we could hear the crisp lamination of the croissant dough, something that Jordan was obviously proud of when she was touting her croissants as house-laminated. The pride was justified.
It’s not the cheapest of bakeries (expect to pay $4-$7 for your pastry or dessert), but you know what they say about getting what you pay for. Next on our dessert list is her triple chocolate mousse bomb, which she says is a best-seller.
Last, but most certainly not least, the black garlic sourdough baguette was amazing. It had a crisp crust, chewy interior, and was hefty in the way bread ought to be. Its perfectly sour sourdough was subtly complemented with a tang of garlic; leftovers were divine toasted with butter. (Leftovers, you say? They existed only because I refused to share with my children or my husband who said sourdough wasn’t his favorite. It happens to be my favorite.) Plus, at $3.50 this marvelous baguette is a totally affordable indulgence. In case you can’t tell yet, Craft Gourmet Bakery is officially our favorite bakery in Pensacola, and I will be hitting it up every trip for some awesome bread and other treats! There is a daily rotation of bread specials; hopefully next trip I’ll be here on a Thursday for their Cranberry Walnut bread.
You can eye up Craft’s current specials and seasonal goodies on their Facebook and Instagram pages, and find lots of information on their site. Note that they don’t open until 9am on the weekends, which means you get to sleep in and still be here when the doors open.
Craft Gourmet Bakery
5555 N. Davis Hwy, Suite H
Pensacola, FL 32503
Saturday & Sunday 9am–5pm