Today’s EAT destination for Eat Drink Local Week is East Aurora’s Elm Street Bakery. They truly get what the local movement is about, producing fresh and delicious goods with locally sourced ingredients true to the season. They also have bit of a general store vibe, featuring products from local producers like cheeses and others goods within the cafe.
Walking into the bakery is a sensory experience. The scent of fresh bread lingers in the air, the flames of the open oven crackle and dance, and patrons quietly chat together. The food is what really gets you though- delicious, fresh and filling. Scatted throughout the bakery are pamphlets expounding on what makes their bread so great. What’s so special? They use simple ingredients to start. Then the breads are naturally leavened by a fermented starter. After being shaped by hand, the loaves finally baked within their brick oven. They aren’t taking the easy way out!
Aside from their rotating selection of breads and pastries, Elm Street Bakery also features a cafe that serves up fresh coffee beverages and lunch selections. The soups, salads and sandwiches featured on the menu are as locally sourced as possible. There’s even a board within the store to inform customers what farms and producers supplied ingredients for the meal. Their local sourcing keeps the menu ever-changing, due to the season and availability of goods. They also feature wood-fired pizzas, created right in front of you at their bar by hand. Customers can see the whole delicious process whiz by from start to finish.
The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and closed Sundays and Mondays. You can find more information about Elm Street Bakery on their website, http://www.elmstreetbakery.com/index.html. You can also like them on Facebook!