Food Porn: Elm Street Bakery and Cafe

Alli and I really really love East Aurora….there I said it.  As city residents there’s an unnecessary shame in admitting that you really like the suburbs, or at least certain aspects of the suburbs.  No, were not planning on settling down and having 2.5 kids, but the small village of East Aurora is incredibly cozy with several restaurants and shops that we really enjoy, add bars within walking distance and we’re sold.  This last Saturday was our second visit to Elm Street Bakery, the first was an impromptu visit based on curiosity after hearing all the buzz about the place.  Unfortunately, we had dinner plans later in the day, so we limited our first trip to just two slices of their wood fire pizza but promised that we’d return the following week.  After we finished our second meal there this weekend, Alli and I realized we have found a new favorite place to eat.

For starters, the inside of the building has been beautifully remodeled.  While keeping the look of an log cabin/barn, the inside is covered in wood and is very warm and inviting.  The smell of fresh bread will immediately hit you when you walk through the doors.  On the left side of the building you will find their bread and pastry counter.  Filled with freshly made bread and a wide array of cookies, cakes and other delicious looking pastries, it might take you a moment to figure out what you want to order.  They also offer coffees, teas and juices.  In the middle you will find their large brick bar (pictured below) and you can watch pizzas being made (if you visit from 2 to 7pm, when pizza is offered) in their large brick wood-fire oven.  On any given Saturday I could easily spend several hours just hanging out at the bar (and I believe they do have free wifi).  Head to the other end of the bakery and you’ll find their cafe where you can order sandwiches, soups and other sides.  Here’s our recap of all the things we ate this weekend; I think some of the pictures are our best Food Porn’s this year.

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Like I said above, the pizzas at Elm Street are only available Tues-Sat from 2 to 7pm but are completely worth the trip alone.  On both of our visits we ordered a couple slices of Margherita Pizza ($2 a slice, pictured above).  Cooked in their ~500 degree wood fire oven, the thin crust was crispy on the edges while still having a slight chewy bite.  This fresh version of New York Style Pizza has a sweet sauce, fresh mozzarella, shaved parmesan and chopped basil.  You can check out their website to see what other styles of pizzas they offer, available in either full pizzas or by individual slices.

I made my way over to their cafe section and decided to try their Jambon Beurre Baguette ($6, pictured in gallery) which turned out to be a fantastic decision.  For $6 you won’t get a large sandwich, the baguette was pretty small but once I bite into the sandwich I didn’t care.  The baguette had a wonderful crunchy outer crust and was fresh and fluffy on the inside, but it was the combination of sliced ham and sweet butter that won me over.  It reminded me of the ham sandwiches of my childhood. I probably could have eaten three of them, as I’m typing this post I’m still thinking about when I can get back to get another.  On the side was a cup of potato and leek soup with ham (pictured in gallery).  Again, the flavor did not disappoint.  The soup was loaded with large pieces of ham, potatoes, and even pieces of pork fat that melted in my mouth.

We also ordered some baked goods that we ate back at our house. The cinnamon roll was, in Alli’s words “heavenly” and she even claimed it was her new favorite in Buffalo (with Five Points being a close second).  The cream cheese frosting was sweet and creamy and the roll itself was sticky and fresh.  We also took home a pecan sour cream coffee cake (pictured in gallery) that crumbled apart as I ate it and included a pleasant surprise of chocolate in the middle.  The apricot tart (gallery) had a large dollop of apricot jam in the middle and their chocolate chip cookie was large and filled with huge soft chocolate chunks that melted easily after a pop in the microwave for a few seconds.  We also bought a loaf of sour dough bread (gallery) on our first trip and we used it for several panini’s during the week.

We could taste the hard work and fresh ingredients in each item we ordered at Elm St. Bakery and we can’t wait to go back to try more.  The goal of Elm St. is to use locally sourced fresh ingredients and everything is made from scratch without the use of any artificial ingredients.  In case you don’t believe our praise, read some articles from Nina Barone or Andrew Galarneau.  It’s been a long time since we ate somewhere and immediately started trying to spread the word; out first thought was “we need to tell ____ about this place right away!”.  We’ll be coming back to Elm Street Bakery and Cafe for sure, I’d love to make it a Buffalo Eats weekend tradition.

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One thought on “Food Porn: Elm Street Bakery and Cafe

  1. Can’t wait to try this! Something like this in buffalo would crush it.

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