Carrot cakes are just a few of the goodies you can get at Brad’s Breads & Bakery in Orange City. Photo: Rachel Mummy.
If you’re dreaming of Euro-inspired croissants, cruffins, palmiers or babkas, you don’t need to fly across the pond. Just hit the road for Brad’s Breads & Bakery in Orange City.
The bakery near Woudstra Meat Market in the Dutch-style downtown sells pastries, hand pies and cakes (including gluten-free options), as well as breads. Their specialties, like the raspberry babka and sourdough bread with olives and thyme, might be worth the drive all on their own.
For a sit-down, order a chai or cold-brew coffee to complement sweet crepes, with strawberries and cream, or savory options with artichokes, spinach, pesto, red onion and feta. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with the croissant sandwiches and quiche.
The bakery is open 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. And mark your calendar: the Orange City Tulip Festival is May 18-20.