Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bakery Bistro a New Option in Edgewood

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bakery Bistro a New Option in Edgewood

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Byline: Gary T. Mills

For more than 60 years, Edgewood Bakery has been a popular stop for breakfast or lunch.

But the bakery-cafe is now home to Murray Hill's newest dinner spot, Edgewood Bakery Bistro.

Over the last dozen years or so, a number of restaurants (Bistro 17, Fatty Tuna and others) have opened and closed in the neighborhood's town center.

With the exception of Moon River Pizza and Crazy Egg - which added dinner service earlier this year - it's hard to think of another place to sit down for an evening meal. And as popular as each is, neither is ideal for a quiet night out for two.

But Edgewood Bakery Bistro might change that.

Launched a month ago by owners Gary and Sandy Polletta, the restaurant is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 5 to 9 p.m.

Chef Fernando Silveira's menu features seven entrees, including Grilled Salmon, Pork Tenderloin, Mussels Sevilla, Shrimp Scampi and more. Each is priced at $15 or less.

Also on the menu is the Bakery Burger ($11), and a handful of appetizers ($8 and $11), soups ($5) and salads ($6).

Silveira is the former chef at 1171, another one of those restaurants that came and went along Edgewood Avenue. He joined Edgewood earlier this year, fine-tuning the restaurant's breakfast and lunch menus, and assisting in the restaurant's catering business, said Amanda Pike, a server at the restaurant.

For dinner, Edgewood transforms from a bright bakery-cafe into a bistro by covering the cafe's nine tables with long black tablecloths, dimming the lights and adding candlelight. Bakery guests still drop in to select goodies from the dessert cases, but the seating area is reserved for bistro diners.

Wine and beer - including brews from Bold City Brewery - are available inside. The restaurant plans to add alcohol sales to its patio area pending approval in late November, Pike said.

And no meal would be complete without one of Edgewood's desserts, which include Carrot Cake ($6.99), Key Lime Pie ($5.99), Apple Pie a la Mode ($6.99) or its EB's Wicked Good Bistro Brownie ($7.99), a fudge brownie with vanilla ice cream, topped with warm espresso fudge, caramel, toasted pecans, whipped cream, toffee pieces and chocolate curls. (And if the ice cream tastes familiar, it should. Edgewood serves Dreamette ice cream, from the neighborhood dessert institution nearly as old as the bakery itself.)

As the neighborhood has discovered Edgewood's dinner service, business has picked up each week, Pike said. Reservations are available by calling (904) 389-8054.

Edgewood Bakery Bistro is at 1012 Edgewood Ave. S.

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