Alert your sweet tooth, there’s a new bakery set to open next door to Smoothie King in the Belk shopping center.
Pretty Sweet, owned by Oxford School District coach Brian Lester and his wife Audria, will specialize in cupcakes, cakes and custom cake decorating.
Some of the items that stand out on the menu include:
- Caramel Dream cupcake: chocolate cake with caramel filling and caramel buttercream topped with bacon crisp and caramel
- German chocolate cake with German chocolate coconut icing
- Crumbled Cookie cupcake: chocolate cake with buttercream icing and Oreo crumb topping
- Coconut cake with whipped coconut icing
While the Lester’s hope to open in time for Valentine’s Day, a definitive opening date has not been set.
Hours for Pretty Sweet will be:
- Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (Muffin Hour)
- Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Closed Sundays
For more information, call 662-291-1134.
UPDATE 3/1/11: Pretty Sweet is Open.
UPDATE 12/2/11: This bakery has closed.
A Panera Bread Bakery-Cafe is indeed set to open in Oxford and planning is already underway, according to a source at Panera Bread.
While the franchise group hopes to have the store open by the end of 2011, dates have not been confirmed.
Emileigh’s Bakery—now Emileigh’s Kitchen—has moved its location from University Avenue to the former Fotino’s Deli spot at 401 S. Lamar, just off The Square.
Opening day is today, with lunch available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and beef brisket as the featured special on today’s menu.
When making lunch plans, it’s often common to discount a bakery, thinking that they only offer muffins, croissants and coffee. Thankfully, here in Oxford, the owners of our bakeries understand that Oxonians require more than bread for sustenance.
Bottletree Bakery on Van Buren Avenue is one such bakery, offering sausage biscuits, fruit cups and granola for breakfast along with a full lineup of soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch, including smoked turkey, chicken salad, roast beef, tuna salad and more. A chalkboard out front displays the ever-changing daily soup and sandwich special as well.
Bottletree Bakery hours are Tuesday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
OK, I’m going to start by saying that I have never been a fan of pimento cheese. However, when I caught a glimpse of the new pimento cheese sandwich at Honey Bee Bakery on Jackson Avenue (near Belk’s) I knew there was something different about it. Chef Sean Adams later divulged that he blends it for less time to give it a chunkier consistency and then adds roasted jalepenos to the mix! The taste is very different than any other pimento cheese I’ve tried.
Needless to say, the pimento cheese sandwich isn’t the only new menu item that’s shown up lately at Honey Bee. There are new lunch combos and trios; a roasted veggie sandwich; daily specials such as pork tacos and pizza; and two daily soups that constantly rotate (I recommend the coconut curry lentil). Oh, and let’s not forget about the homemade breads and sweets.
The new menu isn’t live at the website yet, so you’ll need to stop in to check it out. Sign up for the daily specials email while on the site or in the restaurant to receive email updates about what’s on the menu for the day.
This Saturday, April 17, Mama Jo’s Country Cookin’ is holding a Family-and-Friend Fundraiser for the Apostolic Sanctuary of Praise. Stop by anytime after 8 a.m. if you’d like to help Mama Jo’s owner Jo Ester Brassell support the church.
All plate meals include two sides, drink and dessert:
- Ribs plate – $10
- Fish plate – $8
- Chitterlings plate – $10
- Wings plate – $6
- Spaghetti plate – $6
Hot dogs – $1.50, Hamburgers – $2.00, $2.50
Whole pies and cakes from $10 to $25
This past Friday saw the opening of Mink’s On The Park, a new deli/bakery/coffee shop located at 904 College Hill Road in the old Gail’s Final Touch space near Patsy Lamar Park.
The inviting turquoise and orange restaurant offers a choice of indoor or outdoor seating, and the menu features an array of deli sandwiches, grab-and-go breakfast items and pleasantly-priced coffee.
Open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., you’ll have plenty of time to ask owners Stephen and Amy Donnelly what the meaning behind some of the sandwich names are (The Gina, The R.J., The JoBaby, etc.). Did I mention that there’s also a drive-through window for picking up a quick cup of coffee or a called-in sandwich order?
For more information, visit the Mink’s On The Park Facebook page here.
UPDATE 7/14/10: Mink’s expands menu to 18 sandwiches:
Photo: Abe's Donuts
If you’re up early and walking around the Square, Square Pizza is now carrying a supply of donuts and kolaches Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. courtesy of Jackson Avenue’s Abe’s Donuts for those in need of a morning sweet fix (hold the pepperoni, please).
Just over a year ago Erika Clark made a cheesecake for her boss at Two Stick; soon after, it was suggested that the item be added to the menu as a weekend special. When customers realized that their server was also the baker, they began placing orders of their own for cheesecakes, cookies and cupcakes.
“I’ve always loved to cook, bake and eat,” says Clark. “My family was a big influence on my love of cooking and my friends are a constant influence on the variety of items that I learn to cook.” According to Clark, her most popular cheesecake so far has been her mango cheesecake with mixed berry sauce.
For now, she sees baking as a fun hobby outside work and school, but there’s no telling what the future holds. To find out more or to place an order, contact Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In my opinion, there’s always room for another breakfast spot on a lazy Sunday morning. Happily, Honey Bee Bakery (thehoneybeebakery.com) is now offering brunch all day long on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (Fri. 7-5, Sat. 8-5, Sun. 9-2).
The new fall brunch menu features items such as butter pecan pancakes, bananas foster french toast, ambrosia, French press coffee and fresh orange juice.
Did someone say pancakes?