For nearly three decades, the scent of fresh-baked goods, particularly the sweet spice of cinnamon rolls, has carried in the downtown air surrounding The Bunnery Bakery & Cafe.
Owners Pamela and George Cross have served the warm, gooey treats since 1989, after a downturn in the boating industry sparked a moment of reinvention for the couple. Both having a love of baking, they decided to open a then one-room bakery, originally located across from the Castillo, and specialize in made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls.
The Bunnery has since evolved into a celebrated 72-seat fast-casual restaurant on St. George Street, located inside the former St. George Pharmacy, which serves up hefty portions of made-to-order American-style breakfast and lunch items, in addition to a decadent all-day menu of signature made-from-scratch desserts and fresh ground, whole bean coffee and specialty espresso drinks.
Focused on freshness and health, the restaurant crafts most of its kitchen creations from scratch. Beyond the signature sweets stocking The Bunnery’s pastry case each day, the staff also hand makes items like salad dressings, sauces and hamburger buns, and even flavors most of its coffee drinks with house-made syrups and spices.
“I do as much as I can from scratch and with the fewest ingredients possible,” Pamela Cross said.
The Bunnery also offers a selection of packaged gluten-free desserts and bread, and is in the process of developing recipes for its own scratch-made gluten free items.
Q&A WITH CO-OWNER PAMELA CROSS
How would you describe the restaurant’s atmosphere?
Very casual, friendly. We don’t have a wait staff, so very low key.
What is your food philosophy?
If you can make it from scratch, make it from scratch. No additives. No preservatives, if you can help it. No color. Don’t put anything in the food that isn’t already there, that God put in there. I like to see food that’s very simple ingredients, and that’s all that’s in it.
What type of cuisine do you specialize in?
Casual American cuisine. Our breakfasts are pretty much whatever around the United State’s we’ve liked. Our lunches are good sandwiches, good salads — but more American-style cuisine.
What is your signature dish?
Our signature dish started out as our cinnamon rolls. Really, truly that started us. Now, we’ve expanded, so probably our croissant sandwiches. For lunch, our chicken and walnut sandwich.
What would you recommend for a first timer?
If it’s snack time, definitely try the cinnamon rolls or the sticky buns. Unless one of the other things, is just like, “Oh, gotta have that.” For breakfast, I would definitely recommend one of the sandwiches or our pulled pork benedict, which is kind of a southern riff on eggs benedict, the pulled pork on an English muffin with the hollandaise sauce and the poached eggs. For me, that would be a different kind of a breakfast, really tasty, but different. For lunch, we have great salads. We have really good sandwiches. We make an old-fashioned club sandwich that’s beautiful.
Price Range: $
Location: 121 St. George Street
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday