Two and a half years after my last review of the Village Hearth, I feel compelled to provide an update. Typically updates are written to offer a stark contrast to previous reviews, such as when establishments go downhill for some unknown reason. But in this case, I'm pleased to inform readers that Cherry Wonderdog is as impressed today if not more with Village Hearth than ever before.
Dori and Andrea are two delightful, conscientous, extremely hard-working, and deserving small business owners. They both seem to have big hearts and huge talents in their trade. Running a successful bakery with integrity is not an easy task; cooking the best bread we've found in USA is even harder. They manage to do both.
Village Hearth is a fun place to come on weekends, especially if you have time to eat in, and the food reminds you just how good bread and breakfast pastries can be. I've spent years in France where top quality bread is part of the culture, and I can assure you that I have every right to be a bread snob. Dori and Andrea could compete with anyone over there in a bread vs. bread faceoff. The Rustic Italian Loaf happens to be my favorite, but the French is quite good too. The croissants, pain chocolat, sticky bread, black plum espresso muffins, macaroons, and almond cookies are all staples in the Cherry Wonderdog diet when I'm in town.
Still the quintiscential American success story, Dori and Andrea have discretely expanded to be in a hiring position of college-aged staff. Those behind the counter are young and cheerful, well-trained, polite, efficient, and obviously fortunate to be part of this vibrant atmosphere. If I lived nearby, I would be thrilled if my kids worked here!
Do yourself a favor and indulge in the culinary excellence of Village Hearth bread and pastries. It's the product of a craft seldom found in USA and one that should be supported and enjoyed while still available.
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