Born & Bread Bakehouse is a bakery near Florida Southern College specializing in breads. B+B should be on the very top of your Things To Do list for your weekend trip to Lakeland.
Born & Bread Bakehouse (B+B) helps Lakeland live up to its tagline – A Little Mecca of Cool. How, you ask? The bread. The pastries. The CRUFFINS! People stand in a line that wraps around Born & Bread’s building, waiting for these incredibly fluffy, and oh so delicious baked goods. No worries, they are an efficient group of bakers so the line moves quickly – less than 15 minutes on average.
It Began with Cruffins
Jennifer Smurr began selling her cruffins at Lakeland’s Downtown Farmers Curb Market in early 2015. I was lucky enough to hear about her before the masses and snapped the photo below after waiting in a very short line. Back then I’d try to explain why this incredible pastry was so good, but words failed me and I always ended with, “Just go downtown next Saturday and buy 3-4. If you buy just one, you’ll be super mad at yourself after the first bite. They are amazing.”
What B+B Serves and When
Today you will find Born & Bread Bakehouse in a cozy brick and mortar space in the Midtown (or Dixieland) area of Lakeland – on South Florida Avenue, west of Florida Southern College. Since opening, B+B’s hours have been limited to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., but recently B+B announced Wednesday morning/afternoon hours from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – and everyone cheered!
On Saturday, customers pick from a large variety of croissants, cruffins, loaves of bread, cakes and savory biscuits. Don’t forget to order a cup or two of Patriot Coffee (it’s roasted locally).
On Wednesday mornings, Born & Bread serves crafted sandwiches, desserts, pastries, baguettes with house-made butter (I’ve tried it and yes, I’ll be disappointed in store-bought butter forevermore). Follow Born & Bread on Instagram for their weekly specialty item. The night of their inaugural B+B Wednesday Night (May 15), the B+B Cobb will be available – butter lettuce, arugula, white cheddar, bacon, house pickled onions and cucumbers, tomatoes, soft boiled eggs, sourdough croutons and a made from scratch buttermilk dressing. Oh and B+B Wednesday Night is BYOB!
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