Back in the Day Bakery
At the intersection of West 40th and Bull Streets under one lone palm tree in the Starland District of Savannah, Georgia sits Back in the Day Bakery, so fondly known as The Best Little Bakery in the South. I had wanted to visit for weeks, ever since I’d seen Cheryl Day, co-owner, cooking with Paula Deen on Food Network. It was everything I’d hoped it would be and more.
I was in love from the moment I entered. Love at first sight. It was like sensory overload. The smell of fresh bread. The cottage, rustic, modern style. The retro appliances. The vintage dishes. The coastal color palette. The inviting seating area above immediately caught my eye–I couldn’t get over the live baby’s breath anchored in tin pails and the over-sized chairs. This was a place I could come daily, I thought.
Rosemary Ciabatta bread and Pugliese loaves (a crusty italian bread), along with Sunny Lemon Bars and Bourbon Bread Pudding fill the window as you approach the cashier to place your order.
Then I saw it. Cinnamon Sticky Buns. It just so happened that I had visited Back in the Day bakery on a special day–Saturday morning, the only time of the week Griff Day, co-owner, bakes these unbelievably freakin’ good send-you-to-church delicacies. Made with local honey from the Savannah Bee Company, the buns have a sweet-spicy filling, a caramel glaze and a tangy, oh-my-sweet-heavenly-Lord, cream cheese frosting. The taste was enough to make this Southern Baptist begin speaking in tongues.
I enjoyed my Cinnamon Sticky Bun with a cup of the Bakery’s best-selling organic breakfast tea for $1.75.
The floor and counter tops are cement…just another little detail that adds to the nostalgia.
Simple syrup, a combination of equal parts water and sugar, is available to sweeten your tea or coffee. I like using simple syrup because it allows you to be in control of your sugar intake…of pristine importance when you’re downing Cinnamon Sticky Buns. 😉 You’ll also find utensils for the taking in classic Mason Jars.
Back in the Day Bakery doesn’t just sell baked goods, lunch is also served daily from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Above, the Rosemary Chicken sandwich is made with chicken, red onion, celery, black currants and herb spiced mayo.
Who wouldn’t want to sit underneath this?
The Days have really succeeded in creating a true experience. The food draws you in and the atmosphere makes you want to stay.
The Bakery opened in 2002. Their best seller? An Old-Fashioned Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream. The cupcakes above were fresh from the oven.
Even the staff members are colorful. Decked out in aprons with handkerchiefs on their heads, they offer friendly service with a smile.
My trip wouldn’t have been complete without purchasing The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. Buy it from the Bakery and you’ll get an autographed copy! If the recipes contained in this book taste anything like the Saturday-morning tradition Cinnamon Sticky Buns, it’ll be the best $24.95 I’ve ever spent.
8 thoughts on “A Saturday-Morning Tradition”
Hi, just discovered your blog as I was looking for reviews on Statesboro’s The Boiling Shrimp. I love your wildly descriptive blog posts! I just have one question, do you know why this particular restaurant may have featured African-American portraits on their wall? I was interested until I saw those pics and was wondering about the message behind them…definitely don’t want to frequent a spot I’m not welcome in; especially in the South.
Thank you for the compliment on Some Kinda Good! I’m glad you discovered me, ha! Nothing to fear at Back in the Day Bakery. I think the owners just like the artwork. They’re super friendly and everyone is welcome. I think they’ve actually undergone some renovations since my blog post was written, so these images may be gone. At any rate, you should totally visit! And you won’t be disappointed at The Boiling Shrimp either. One of my favorite spots in the ‘Boro. Take care!
My college roommate/sorority sister (back in the day) stopped by this place last week on our girl’s coastal trip. We split a red velvet cupcake and a buttercream icing cupcake because we just couldn’t decide. They were both absolutely delicious. Thanks for the referral – it was unique and wonderful!
That sounds delicious! I knew you would love it!!
Not speakin in tongues! Haha! Love it! Also, this place is adorable. I want to visit next time I’m on the east coast!
HA! I knew you would appreciate that. Yes, I’m talkin’ SHA LA LA LA LA -HI YA GOOD!!
Rebekah you are a hoot! I loved everthing about your story, your visit, and the pictures! Looks like a fine place to visit!
LOL, thanks Mom! We’ll have to go back when you come down.