Jill Bates, a veteran of Fearing’s restaurant, is executive pastry chef at this charming, picture-perfect bakery in North Dallas’s University Park neighborhood. Besides the wide range of sweet and savory pastries—including classic viennoiserie—there are sandwiches, breads, cookies, and cupcakes, as well as espresso drinks. Marble-like stone tabletops and sage-toned cafe chairs make it a cutesy-comfy spot for a meet-up with a friend—and the baked goods match the setting. A lofty, buttery croissant was perfectly flaky, and the baguette we bought to take home (so slender it resembled a ficelle) was appropriately chewy, with a crisp crust. Other winners included a prosciutto and Gruyère sandwich; an apricot-sage danish; and brioche feuillettes (akin to cruffins)—one sweet, with a lovely burnt caramel filling, the other savory, with cream cheese and “everything bagel” seasoning. Although the bakery hews to classic pastry techniques, there are some tasty Texan twists, like the cheddar-topped jalapeño–cream cheese danish and jalapeño focaccia. The decadent triple-chocolate cookies are worth the calorie splurge.
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Sugar & Sage Bakery + Coffee
A classic coffee shop and bakery with a few Texan twists.