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West End Bakery & Café

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West End Bakery & Café: Good Food at Affordable Prices
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

West End Bakery & Café's menu is rife with good food that can be had at affordable prices. With breads, baked goods, lunches and gluten-free options served in a family-friendly atmosphere, this is a place everyone can appreciate.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

West End Bakery & Café is a quintessential neighborhood bakery. Here, you’ll find good food priced affordably and served in a family-friendly atmosphere.

The headliner of West End Bakery’s menu lineup is, of course, the baked goods. These include both a rotating variety of breads (about four of which are offered daily) and a diverse array of pastries. Some local favorites are the Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Cinnamon Rolls and Muffins, of which there are non-sugar, vegan and whole grain variations.

For a more substantial start to the day, there are bagels, a few different toasts, oatmeal and breakfast sandwiches. Lunch options include a slew of sandwiches, which range from the basic Tuna Salad Sandwich to the more creative Sesame Baked Tofu Sandwich, as well as salads and soups. As with the breakfast options, people with dietary restrictions still have a number of different items to choose from.

There is a weekend brunch menu, but it’s largely patterned off of the standard breakfast and lunch offerings. Beverages are fairly typical coffees, espresso beverages, teas and juices on all days of the week.

West End Bakery uses some organic ingredients and sources things locally when possible, they manage to maintain highly affordable price points. Baked goods range from $0.89 to $3.00 (for a gluten-free muffin), and most loaves of bread are priced below $5.00. Breakfast sandwiches can be had for between $4.50 and $6.75, and lunch sandwiches are all less than $8.00.

With these kinds of prices, this bakery attracts families, large groups and anyone who appreciates value. You’ll find both locals and tourists coming here for breads, breakfasts and lunches.

A few of our menu favorites at West End Bakery Include:

French Baguette
A simple staple, there’s a reason why the baguette has been around so long. Pair a fresh French Baguette with some butter, and you have a delectable (if unbalanced) meal.

Gluten-Free Bread
The Gluten-Free Bread must be ordered at least one day in advance, but it’s worth calling ahead for. The handmade loaf is good enough that even those who are able to have traditional bread containing gluten like it,

Hickory Nut Gap Sausage Biscuit
A local take on the beloved breakfast sandwich, the Hickory Nut Gap Sausage Biscuit pairs North Carolina sausage with a traditional Southern biscuit. Priced at $5.25, this is a value that’s hard to beat.

Muffin
There are many different muffins available. Select whichever one suits your taste and dietary preferences, and you’re in for a treat.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake
An old-fashioned favorite, the Sour Cream Coffee Cake uses sour cream to enrich the texture of the dough. The fluffy, dense goodness is worth every calorie.

Insider Tip:
– Even if kids are rambunctious, this is still a restaurant where parents can feel comfortable bringing their children. The service is prompt, there are lots of choices, and there’s a kids’ area stocked with books and toys.