Virginia Bakeries

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2006/09/18 17:08:00 (permalink)

Virginia Bakeries

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In Virginia, there are only a few of the old-style bakeries left. You know what I am talking about--1950s decor, 1970s prices, terrazzo floors, tape dispensers for package sealing, and a safe but competent non-French mix of cakes, cookies, breads and confections. Does any place make cinnamon twists anymore?

Below are three classics. I am wondering if there are any others across the state worth looking at for a food story I am researching. In addition, please tell of ones that are close to interstate exits, etc.. Also of interest--any old style bakeries in Northern VA or Roanoke areas. Below are three I know of. Do the roadfood readers know of any more? If so, please post here and you can also email me at editor(AT)capefear.com.

Sally Bell's in Richmond is a well-known classic but I am looking for others. Faves are:

Mixing Bowl, Richmond

Westhampton Bakery, Richmond

NAAS Bakery, Tidewater Drive, Norfolk

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    Williamsburger
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    RE: Virginia Bakeries 2006/09/21 09:49:51 (permalink)
    I think Rainbow Donuts in Richmond sells cinnamon twists.

    I live in Williamsburg and there is a relatively new bakery open in connection with an Italian deli - Florimonte's. I'm not sure this is what your looking for.

    Looking forward to your findings.
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    RE: Virginia Bakeries 2006/09/21 10:51:39 (permalink)
    Knakal's Bakery in Culpeper, Va comes to mind. Been a couple years since I stopped by there, but I've always been happy with anything I've tried there. Biscuits are excellent!

    Knakal's Bakery- 146 East Davis St., Culpeper, Va.

    My boss mentioned a place in Md. (not Va. but close by) called Wall's Bakery. According to him ownership may have changed recently. But he swears by the doughnuts.

    Wall's Bakery- Waldorf, Md. 301-645-5276
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    RE: Virginia Bakeries 2006/09/27 22:19:37 (permalink)
    Sally Bell's is still in operation? Oh good! I used to get their lemon glazed "cut cakes" back in the late 60s. Nice to read a class operation survived.
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    RE: Virginia Bakeries 2009/01/22 20:56:57 (permalink)
    Grandma's Goodies (?) in Christiansburg. Or Wild Flour Bakery on 4th St in Roanoke.
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    Re:Virginia Bakeries 2009/01/23 14:54:45 (permalink)
    Garland PollardHello...


    Hey, Garland, selfishly and unrelated to this particular thread, note the reference to your great Virginia Living magazine on the tenth post here (and welcome to RoadFood!).
     
    - A Fan
     
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    Re:Virginia Bakeries 2009/01/23 17:48:30 (permalink)
    Garland Pollard

    Hello


     
    Garland,
     
    2 posts in 7 1/2 years? Way to pace yourself, dude.


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    Re:Virginia Bakeries 2009/01/23 18:12:17 (permalink)
    The Westhampton bakery in Richmond was my fave, they would sell out of most items before noon, boy I miss them!
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    Re:Virginia Bakeries 2009/03/27 12:09:39 (permalink)
    Wabbit

    The Westhampton bakery in Richmond was my fave, they would sell out of most items before noon, boy I miss them!


    Wow say it isn't so about Westhampton!  I swear I just had some stuff from thee a few months ago :( 
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    Re:Virginia Bakeries 2009/03/27 12:14:09 (permalink)
    I agree on Knackal's. Excellent eclairs, too. Culpeper's downtown has some nice gourmet shops and restaurants for strolling and chowing.
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    Re:Virginia Bakeries 2009/04/21 20:58:09 (permalink)
    I have 40-year-old memories of Sally Bell's and the Westahamton.
    Is Dot's Pastry Shop still around? 
    The thing I remember from Richmond bakeries was "cut cakes" rather than cupcakes.  A sheet cake was cut into 3" squares and then individually frosted or given a hot glaze.

    --oops, just noticed I responded to this 3 years ago!
    post edited by DavidEMartin - 2009/04/21 21:00:16
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    Re:Virginia Bakeries 2009/04/21 21:34:33 (permalink)
    The aforementioned Westhampton Pastry Shop (5728 Patterson Avenue in Richmond [804 / 282-4413]) is still both very much open and excellent. We're talking handmade cakes, pies, cookies and doughnuts. It is literally next to wanderingjew's beloved Freckles restaurant (as well as another place [Amy's Handmades?] which serves EXCELLENT limeades ) and I was just at both places a couple of weeks ago.
     
    Still going strong. Still superb.

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    Re:Virginia Bakeries 2010/05/07 11:28:03 (permalink)
    I just stopped at Westhampton a couple of weeks ago.   Got a great coconut cake, and some doughnuts and a few other pastries.  Wish it were a little easier for me to get to from work.. Then again my doctor is probably glad I don't get there very often lol.
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