By Kelli McClain, Contributor
There is a place in Highland Park Village not too far from my office called Bird Bakery, and it’s one of those real bakeries that are hard to find … meaning not in a grocery store!
I visited on a Saturday for lunch, and it was busy. Bird serves breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., but I was there for lunch. Sandwiches, soups and sweets, oh, my.
Sweetness to Start …
Julie was our gracious host, running back and forth serving food and drinks to the hungry customers, and she made me love her right then: She brought us dessert first!
[Disclosure: Bird Bakery provided The Dallas Diva with complimentary food and drinks. The opinions here are the writer’s own.]
Three cupcakes arrived (top), made from scratch and in mouthwatering flavors. I had the Lovely Lemon, which has that bite of tart with lemony sweetness; the Chocolate Salted Caramel, which is just chocolaty, salty and sweet at the same time; and the Southern Red Velvet, which didn’t taste artificial as some red velvets are wont to do — it tasted like chocolate. Julie left and came back with a classic Pecan Square, which is like a pecan pie without all the crust, and a Monster Cookie which has oats, chocolate chips, plain M&Ms and is gluten-free!! My friend and I took a bite of each because we couldn’t resist, but we needed real food.
… Then Savory Lunch Arrives
Bring on the sandwiches! I had the California Turkey, and it sounded simple, but it had roasted turkey with Havarti cheese, arugula, avocado, tomatoes, red onions and a local raspberry-chipotle mayo on seeded bread (you can ask for the bread to be toasted or not). It was so freaking big I almost didn’t know where to bite. Perfection. The Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese was like having spinach artichoke dip on a sandwich — magnificent!
At Bird, there are so many sandwich choices — and soups to go along with them, or you can have protein plates, which are basically the sandwich without bread and usually gluten-free — that it would take weeks if not months to go through them all. That’s fine, you’ll need the time to savor the variety of choices.
At The Heart of It All …
This is a full-service bakery, people! They have cupcakes, cookies, brownies and bar and pies and puddings. Bird Bakery also caters weddings and events.
I wanted to spread the word that Bird Bakery also generously donates its cupcakes every evening to fire stations, police stations and organizations like the Ronald McDonald House. The company tries to help whomever it can.
Dallas’ Bird Bakery is the second one in Texas; San Antonio has the original, so definitely visit when you’re there.
Bird Bakery, 7A Highland Park Village, Dallas; 214-780-0322