Breadhive Bakery

Review by: Michael Stern

The Breadhive Bakery is delighted to be what it is — a worker-owned enterprise. I am delighted to eat what those workers create, including a roster of fresh breads and sandwiches made with those breads, as well as cakes, muffins, cookies, soft pretzels, and first-rate bagels.

Arrive early and the bagels still will be oven-warm with faintly crisp skin and dense, chewy insides. Fresh ones like these do not want to be toasted. They are just right as-is, simply spread with cream cheese (flavored varieties are available) or as the foundation of a sandwich. The Britney is a beaut, a Jewish-breakfast classic: layers of velvety pink lox (that’s smoked salmon) with dilled cream cheese, plus red onion and cucumber. On an everything bagel, it’s a dreamy combo.

Another great sandwich, not on the regular menu but well worth getting when available, is called the Deana. That’s crisp-cooked pancetta with strawberry-gin jam, a schmear of First Light chevre (from Batavia, NY), and plenty of peppery arugula. What an inspired chord of savory/sweet/dairy/veggie harmony!

While much business is take-out of whole loaves and bags of bagels and pretzels, the eat-in menu is an inviting one, featuring lunch sandwiches on sourdough, seeded sourdough, or deli rye, as well as a few breakfast sandwiches with eggs, plus a vegan one made with scrambled tofu and tempeh bacon, roasted vegetables, and turmeric. The bread schedule is oh-so-tempting: Sunday pickle rye with barrel & brine dill pickle brine, Tuesday cinnamon fig, Wednesday deli rye and seeded sourdough, etc.

The dining area is bright and cheerful — a comfy place to eat comfy food, as well as to drink outstanding coffee that Breadhive gets from the local Public Espresso roasters.

What To Eat



Triple Ginger Molasses Cookie

Brown Butter Shortbread



Breadhive Bakery Recipes


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