Just south of Forsyth Park in the Starland District is Back in the Day Bakery, a true neighborhood establishment that offers some of the best treats in the Southeast.
Back in the Day Bakery, run by husband and wife duo Cheryl and Griff Day, has been in business for over ten years. The bakery gained national attention when they released a namesake cookbook two years ago. Today, the book remains a bestseller. Despite the popularity and ever-increasing demand, Back in the Day retains its neighborhood feel, catering to regulars with friendly service and a vintage atmosphere.
Every morning, Back in the Day’s front case is filled with fresh loaves of bread, whole pies, and an assortment of miniature cakes and cookies. Brownies are dense and chocolatey, lavender cookies are similar to shortbread, but with an interesting herbal kick. While the menu changes often, you can always catch a Southern favorite or two, from chocolate chess pie to banana pudding.
Back in the Day is famous for their old fashioned buttercream cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies, but I recommend ordering the bourbon bread pudding for an especially delectable treat. It’s so rich, you might not be able to finish it in one sitting.
Back in the Day isn’t all about the sweets.. they know their trade when it comes to savory lunch dishes, too. Sandwiches and salads are offered daily from 11 to 3, and all sandwiches are served on fresh baked bread. The Jambon Royal, a simple sandwich of ham and gruyere with butter, is a must. Order it with stoneground mustard. For vegetarians, there’s the Farmwich, butter bean spread on ciabatta bread with sharp cheddar and a hearty helping of vegetables.
For breakfast, visitors have their choice of scones, muffins, or pastries, and cinnamon buns are offered each Saturday. Back in the Day serves local roaster Cup to Cup coffee and makes syrups for lattes in house, honey lavender and sorghum both being popular choices. Now that the weather is warming up, I recommend ordering their cold brew or an iced lavender latte, surprisingly not too sweet even when paired with a cookie or two (or three).
Visit early and often – things have a tendency to sell out at Back in the Day Bakery.