Village Baking Co.
This popular French bakery oozes charm at its newest location, in a cheery, pedestrian-friendly hub in Knox-Henderson. The croissants, pastries, and breads lure passers-by, but there’s lunch fare too. Hard-to-find French treats like canelés (Bordeaux’s tiny molded desserts), an appealing coffee menu, and sidewalk seating enhance the European vibe. Order this to go: Flaky almond croissants and kouign-amann—dense, lacquered pastries with layers of buttery dough—are great with any of the coffee drinks. For a Texan-ized croissant, get the bacon-jalapeño version. Tasty brunch and lunch options include the croque monsieur, Reuben (on a pretzel roll), and silky mushroom quiche. Spoil yourself with a slice of flourless chocolate truffle cake. Pro tip: The boulangerie is open till 7, but fresh loaves of bread, like the pain au levain, sell out by 11.
Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.
Drinks: No bar