Back In The Day Bakery, a recap

What is there to say, really?

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People have been asking me about Back In The Day Bakery since I got back from Savannah over two weeks ago. And I struggle to tell them anything, because I really don’t have words. I don’t know where to begin. Or if I even could begin. I don’t know if I could adequately describe everything, because they deserve more than adequate.

Visiting Back In The Day was a dream come true. It was so much more than I could have ever hoped for or thought of. The articles and videos and book don’t do it justice.

First, the food. Oh, the food! Dad and I went three out of the four days we were in Savannah. And we would have gone all four, except they weren’t open on our last day. We sampled so many treats, both sweet and savory, each one surpassing my expectations. Even the coffee was phenomenal – it was easily the best we had while in Savannah. My favorite was the Pink Lady cupcake, my dad’s favorite was the cinnamon bun. I loved that we weren’t just relegated to sweets though, and that we got a chance to fill up on hearty items like their chicken salad and ham and cheese sammy. I think it’s rare for a bakery to really be able to put out a quality lunch service, to have such a handle on so many kinds of cooking and baking, but Back In The Day has it all.

What we ate (an embarrassingly long list):

Drunken Blondie – I am a fan of bourbon, who knew?

Blueberry Muffin – so fresh, and not too sweet.

Bourbon Bread Pudding – my dad’s a sucker for this, and I loved it too!

‘Nana Pudding – a Southern classic done oh-so right!

Ham and Cheese Sandwich – quality and fresh ingredients all warm and toasty.

Pink Lady Cupcake – coffee and chocolate, need I say more?!

Chicken Salad – I took a leap of faith ordering this (I’ve never been the biggest chicken salad fan) and it payed off, BIG TIME. This was ah-mazing. I can’t wait to attempt my own version!

Ham and Cheese Pastry Puff – even cold this puppy was delicious, and I don’t even like ham that much!

Lavender Shortbread – herby, floral and just the right amount of sweet. And cute to boot!

Cinnamon Bun – a Saturday special that is just beyond words. Cheryl admitted, “They’re so good, even after all these years I still get one every Saturday morning.”

Applewood-Smoked Bacon Biscone – it was still warm when I got it, I almost fainted!

Honestly, anything you order is going to be fantastic. Just trust me on this.

Second, the building. The bakery was HUGE. But, at the same time, it felt personal and welcoming. There are seats everywhere, of every kind, so all sorts of groups can sit and enjoy their treats. The decorations are eclectic but cohesive and whimsical without being “little kiddie.” I’m a sucker for anything vintage or old-timey looking and this space was right up my alley. My favorite part was the archway covered in old recipes from cookbooks, newspapers, and even some handwritten ones (I may steal that idea when I open my own place someday ;)).

Lastly, the people. The South is known for being friendly and hospitable, but the gals here really went out of their way to make sure I had the best time. I geekily explained my situation to them and talked and talked and talked their ears off, and they never once told me I was a nutter. We talked about the bakery, obviously; what items were their favorites, about the coffee, about the merchandise. But, it didn’t stop there. They gave me dinner recommendations, stores I had to shop at, parks we had to explore. Our trip was so great, due in large part to their knowledgeable recommendations of everything Savannah.

Cheryl and Griff are honestly some of the sweetest, most caring, and passionate people I’ve ever met. They took so much time out of their busy schedules to sit with me, to talk with me, to sign my book and take pictures with me (by the end of the week, they had dubbed me “Superfan,” and rightly so). They wanted to know about me and my story, which baffled me, because they’re the ones with the interesting story! They’re living the dream! And still, they manage to make every person that comes in their bakery feel like the most important customer of the day. They truly are special people, a real inspiration and proof-positive of what can happen if you love what you do and do what you love. I am so incredibly lucky to have met them.

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I may have cried a little bit.

I can’t wait to go back…

Comments

  1. Love Back in the Day Bakery and it’s owners, Cheryl and Griffith Day! Great article, and I totally agree with you, it would be difficult to “sum up” the bakery, the food, the people, and the ambience all in one article, but you did very well. EnJOYed the photos—felt like I was there.

    • Thank you! I would’ve loved to have written forever (and probably could have)! Guess I’ll need to go back for more material 🙂

  2. Oh wow!! I have been thinking that visiting this bakery is def something I need on my “bucket list” and now for sure I really want to go there! I never go anywhere, but somehow I feel that this is somewhere I am going to visit one day. I’m in CA, so it’s going to take some planning and saving, but boy does it sound like it will be worth it!

    • Put it on your bucket list just so you can cross it off! I plan on going back, to the bakery and Savannah. It was easy enough to plan it from WI and IL so CA is definitely possible!

  3. Joseph totally fit into that “old-timey, vintage” decor. 😛

  4. Very excited to see your review. I have their cookbook and the first thing I made was their coconut cream pie. My husband swooned over it! We’re going to Hilton Head over mother’s day weekend and going to drive down to Savannah just to eat here! Thanks for all the suggestions, it’s going to be so hard to decide what to get!

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