Whimsical. Magical. Delightful. These are just some of the words to describe Sugar Hill Bakery Café, the third restaurant in the Picky Peaches Hidden Gem Restaurant Challenge. From the time we got out of the car, and all through lunch, we kept saying, “Look at that!” The decor outside should have been our clue that inside was going to be something special. When we opened the front door, it absolutely knocked our socks off. We were so busy looking at everything that we could hardly eat without one of us interrupting with more oohs and aahs. The fanciful decor changes seasonally.
You’re probably wondering if they used up all their talent on the decor and the answer is, no. The handmade, Pinterest-worthy menus are chock-full of tasty delights. Choose from brunch, lunch and dinner. Sorry, it’s not gluten-free friendly. Since you might have trouble deciding what to order, here are a few things we recommend:
Did you enjoy Hot Chocolate when you were a kid? If so, you’re going to love it here. It’s homemade. That means no watery mix. Susan took one sip and pronounced it, “the best hot chocolate I ever put in my mouth.”
For brunch, try the Crème Brûlée French Toast. Sliced French brioche, house made caramel and powdered sugar were made for each other. It’s already sweet, so there’s no need for syrup. To make your own tasty version of French Toast, check out a blog site the Picky Peaches really like, My King Cook, How to Make French Toast
If you’re there for lunch, start with a cup of Butternut Squash and Apple Soup. This perfectly balanced, savory blend with a hint of pepper is served with buttered, toasted brioche.
To accompany the soup, we highly recommend the Christmas In A Sandwich. Thinly sliced homemade meatloaf and cranberry compote served between slices of orange cranberry walnut bread. The perfectly seasoned grilled meatloaf didn’t fall apart while we were eating the sandwich, so it wasn’t messy like some meatloaf sandwiches. In spite of its name, it will remain on the menu after Christmas. We checked.
Not a meatloaf fan? Consider the Linus and Lucy Sandwich of homemade macaroni and cheese mixed with maple bacon and served between slices of potato, onion and cheddar bread. We know what you’re thinking, “Mac and cheese on a sandwich?” We’d never heard of it before either, but that kind of outside-the-box sandwich reflects the outside-the-box dining experience at Sugar Hill Bakery Cafe. The sandwich is served hot off the grill, which just adds to the overall deliciousness. The sandwiches are served with a side of seasonal greens and Sugarhillville Vinaigrette. You can count carbs some other day.
You may be wondering, “What about the bakery?” Mouthwatering cupcakes, cheesecake bars, cookies, macarons and cakes filled the bakery case. Unfortunately, we were just too full to eat another thing. When you go, save room for dessert and let us know how you liked it.
With its incredibly creative decor and delectable food, Sugar Hill Bakery Café is an absolute feast for the senses and the servers are sweet and attentive. It’s the kind of place you want to take your friends or your mom for a special lunch when you’re tired of the same old place. In the evenings, it becomes a very romantic setting. Reservations aren’t required but we would highly recommend them if you’re going with more than 4 people.
The restaurant seats about 30 people and there’s additional seating on the front patio when weather permits. It was chilly outside the day we visited, but no matter when you go, we’d highly recommend dining indoors. The creativity never stops — they even offer mystery dinner theaters. You can select from a list of themes, when you make your reservation, or you can provide your own theme.
Psst! When they created this wonderland, they definitely didn’t forget the restroom. “Always winter but never Christmas.” That’s all we’re going to tell you about it, so you’ll just have to go and see for yourself.
Oh, one other thing. There’s a lovely boutique out back and the prices are incredibly reasonable.
Located less than 10 minutes off I-985 at 4969 West Broad Street, Sugar Hill, GA
Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday. sugarhilltowne.com
Join us next time for details about a winter wonderland just a stone’s throw from Sugar Hill Bakery Café.
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