I’ve been accustomed to easily accessible coffee shops & bakeries my entire life. It wasn’t until I moved to Tuxedo and realized that the closest “coffee shop” was Dunkin Donuts (and even that was at least a 10 minute drive away) that I discovered how much I missed those weekend morning trips to get a coffee drink or pastry. I’ve been waiting and wishing for over a year for a shop to open that had real baristas and something more than processed muffins or donuts. I admit, I don’t even drink coffee, but it was the principle of the matter. I wanted somewhere I could go for a nice treat, a chai latte, with cute seating and maybe even wifi. There was an empty location available for a while directly next to my bus stop that I even spent some time imagining myself buying and fixing up just how I wanted. Unfortunately, the person that bought it turned it into a barber shop, but the good news is that after all my dreaming and wishing there is a newly opened bakery & coffee shop just a few minutes away! It’s called Dottie Audrey’s Bakery & Kitchen, and located in the Duck Cedar plaza, a small development off the highway that’s been empty for years. My excitement and enthusiasm has been made clear in that I’ve been there four times in the last two weeks and I’ve tried at least 7 different things…I usually will buy two items in one visit, telling myself that one is to save “for later”, when really “later” becomes the minute I get home.
Before you walk in you’re greeted by a gorgeous covered deck outfitted with plenty of tables and colorful chairs to sit in. The interior is cozy and rustic. To the left is a wall with beautiful window detailing that provides a glimpse into the pastry kitchen, on the right past their glass display of baked goods and coffee bar is a long wooden family-style table, with smaller tables along the sides. Old black and white photos and knick knacks decorate the walls along with the yellow honeybee print wallpaper.
The ever-expanding menu currently includes a line of scratch made baked goods, fresh breads, specialty coffee or tea, and a small breakfast & lunch selection. I’ve loved almost everything that I’ve tasted in my brief number of visits. Some of the winners include a walnut sticky bun, Swedish scone, and some of the best clam chowder I’ve ever had. Oh and the breakfast sandwich I got with scrambled eggs, bacon, & cheese on a freshly baked baguette was to die for. Ah! I almost forgot about the Gruyere and chive muffin that was so dense, sticky and savory, it was so much better than every muffin I’ve even had. Like a biscuit-muffin combo. A biscuffin? I was surprised to find that the cinnamon brioche that looked so good from behind the counter was just so-so, and while the Nutella croissant was baked very well, I thought it was underwhelming.
I wasn’t able to go this weekend and try something new (unfortunately I spent a little too much in the last few weeks) but next week I’m looking forward to trying some of the lunch options, and might even take home their clam chowder (it’s available in quart containers to-go!) While I can’t speak on the coffee selection, they make a good chai using Oregon Chai mix, and I even got a cinnamon heart on mine the last time. I believe I’m so willing to spend all my money there because I’m so desperate for them to stay. They’ve made a memorable impact in the first month of opening and I’m looking forward to many more weekend treats!