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Bunnery

121 St. George St., St. Augustine, FL - (904) 829-6166
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/30/2008 5:09:00 PM
When it opens at 8am, the Bunnery has the feel of a local cafe. Many customers are known to the staff and the help-yourself coffee service encourages friendly interaction. Later in the morning as St. George Street crowds with tourists, the noise level increases and it becomes a more raucous place. But any time of day (until closing at 3pm) the pastries are hard to resist.

Some of the handsomest ones are displayed in the window to lure passers-by: flaky strudels, croissants, and muffins. The cases inside display a wide range of sweet temptations including iced raisin scones, individual bread puddings, giant oatmeal rasin cookies, and a couple of great big layer cakes. I enjoyed something called blueberry boybait, which is a crumb-cake square chockablock with berries and topped with a blanket of powdered sugar. It was fine with Bunnery's good coffee (available with extra espresso shots, if desired).

Breakfast and lunch are doled out in a self-service manner. Place your order at the counter, pay, and wait for your number to be called. The breakfast menu lists eggs, pancakes, sandwiches on croissants or bagels, French toast and, of course, all those pastries, plus a long list of hot and cold coffee and tea beverages. I was bored with the grits which are white and bland, but the sausage gravy that came atop a biscuit and underneath a couple of eggs on my "Southern Eggs" breakfast was nice and spicy.

The Bunnery's lunch, which I have yet to try, includes cold sandwiches, paninis, salads, and an intriguing item listed as "My Mom's Grilled Cheese."

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Southern Eggs
Cinnamon Roll
Blueberry Boybait
Strawberry Strudel
Pecan Pie Square
Ham and Cheese Croissant
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As fetched from the case, the cinnamon roll looks bare and sad. But then the server asks, 'Icing?' He pulls out a pitcher and starts to pour. 'Tell me when,' he says as the sugary white stuff cascades out to coat the roll.
"As fetched from the case, the cinnamon roll looks bare and sad. But then the server asks, 'Icing?' He pulls out a pitcher and starts to pour. 'Tell me when,' he says as the sugary white stuff cascades out to coat the roll."
Michael Stern





For all those who consider crust a mere vehicle for the good part of pecan pie -- the goo and the nuts -- the Bunnery's  pecan pie squares are just the ticket. Really, really rich!
"For all those who consider crust a mere vehicle for the good part of pecan pie -- the goo and the nuts -- the Bunnery's pecan pie squares are just the ticket. Really, really rich!"
Michael Stern


I am not sure why this lovely cake square is called blueberry boybait. I should think that girls would be equally impressed by its moistness and big berry flavor.
"I am not sure why this lovely cake square is called blueberry boybait. I should think that girls would be equally impressed by its moistness and big berry flavor."
Michael Stern


Make sure you have plenty of napkins handy when eating the sticky and sweet strawberry strudel.
"Make sure you have plenty of napkins handy when eating the sticky and sweet strawberry strudel."
Cliff Strutz


The Bunnery's croissants are supremely buttery and flaky.  This one is filled with ham and cheese.
"The Bunnery's croissants are supremely buttery and flaky. This one is filled with ham and cheese."
Cliff Strutz


Built upon a very soft, absorbent biscuit, Southern Eggs is sausage gravy that is peppery and creamy, thick but not overwhelming. Atop the gravy in this picture are a couple of over-easy eggs. The grits in the little bowl are irrelevant.
"Built upon a very soft, absorbent biscuit, Southern Eggs is sausage gravy that is peppery and creamy, thick but not overwhelming. Atop the gravy in this picture are a couple of over-easy eggs. The grits in the little bowl are irrelevant."
Michael Stern


I took this picture of the Bunnery early in the morning. Any time after 9am, it would be nearly impossible to get a picture without people walking along St. George Street. It is the main tourist thoroughfare in St. Augustine.
"I took this picture of the Bunnery early in the morning. Any time after 9am, it would be nearly impossible to get a picture without people walking along St. George Street. It is the main tourist thoroughfare in St. Augustine."
Michael Stern



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