Village Baking Company isn’t inside the boundaries of Lake Highlands, but after tasting the startling deliciousness inside this treasure and wondering how I could have driven past this place virtually every day and never stopped in, I just had to share.
Village Baking Company has been delivering their baguettes and brioches, pastries and pain aux chocolate, country rye and croissants with spinach and feta to White Rock Local Market and other area farmers markets for almost 9 years. The retail store, located on University Blvd. between Greenville Avenue and Central Expressway, opened this time a year ago.
You’ll first notice their selection – this tiny bakery brimming with freshly-baked breads and enticing sweets will tempt you to buy more than your family can consume. I chose the chocolate bread pudding, crusty on the edges and soft in the middle, and nibbled from the large portion all afternoon. The apples on my tart were somehow fresh and moist but also brown and crisp. I relished every bite of my Meyer lemon rosemary bread round, and the sourdough loaf made my recent trip to San Francisco seem unnecessary.
Village patrons mostly purchase food for takeout, but there are a few little tables and chairs in the parking lot for dining al fresco. I haven’t been in for lunch, but their Facebook page shows photos of cheesy croquet monsieur and tarte flambé, and lunch is served from 11 to 1.
Village Baking Company is located at 5531 E. University, and they’re now open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.