Ok, let me preface this whole review in saying, Baking Grounds is NOT a terrible place to eat! They moved to a new location last year, and their lunches are great; however, in comparison to another restaurant down the street as top of the TA list in Buford, I’d have to say you’re trying to compare apples and oranges...
The new location is cute, has lots of space, both nice inside and outside seating and plenty of parking. The patio is light and airy, complete with swings and a cool breeze on most days. The staff is always friendly, and they have lots of menu items from which to choose. They have a great lunch special of homemade bread, made to order fresh sandwiches, chips, drink and a cookie for all under $8 (I think). Everyday, there’s a new homemade soup feature and beautiful goodies for dessert.
My favorite lunch special is chicken salad on olive and rosemary loaf bread with an oatmeal cookie and sweet tea. Honestly, the sweet tea can be hit or miss, but the chicken salad is wonderful. Sometimes, they’ll have chicken and rice or chicken noodle soup as the daily special, and both are always great.
Now, my main gripe would have to be the desserts. Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE sweet things, and while their cakes and goodies have the display enticement if being “out-of-this-world delicious,” I always leave feeling let down and disappointed. I have tried them many times over the years, as well, this isn’t a new thing.
Don’t get me wrong, the presentations are beautiful, and the cakes are phenomenal in creativity and originality, but everything I have tasted thus far has left much to be desired...and my list of taste-testing is long: cupcakes, cookies, cashew clusters, coconut haystacks, cake pops, chess bars, brownies, cinnamon rolls, danishes, dipped Nutter Butters and dipped Oreos, petit fours, turtles, iced “Whoopies” and more.
Everything is just too SUGARY! It’s presented beautifully, but there’s not a lot of depth in the actual taste origin. Some are not as bad as others, like the chess bars and the oatmeal cookies, but everything, especially anything with white chocolate added, tastes like it has one cup too many of added sugar. If they would put as much concentration into the taste quality control as they do the presentation of quality, they would really be hard to beat!! ... and please, don’t get me started on the coffee. They have a daily special, and it always sounds wonderful, and even smells heavenly, but unfortunately, here again, it is lacking in the taste department. If they could switch to a greater depth of tastes in both the coffee and desserts and keep their beautiful presentations and creativities, they will be a hard bakery to beat in all of North Georgia. We need an amazing bakery, and they have the potential of being an amazing landmark in an amazing small town!
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