For a dozen years now, Savannah Magazine
has asked its readers "to recommend the very best in dining, nightlife, personalities, shops and services" and the Best of Savannah 2012
results are in with Back in the Day Bakery
taking the No. 1 spot in the Bakery category.
According to Savannah Magazine, "Our readers can’t get enough of Cheryl and Griff Day’s blissful buttercream cupcakes, crusty artisan breads and nostalgic ’nana pudding layered with house-made shortbread."
Back in the Day Bakery is located at the corner of Bull Street and W. 40th Street. I journeyed to that location just the other day to experience for myself what folks in Savannah "can't get enough of."
The bakeshop itself has a very open, airy atmosphere with tall windows that let the sunshine illuminate the tasty treats in the counters. The shelves were filled with cookies, cakes, breads, Bourbon Bread Pudding, Blueberry Pie Bars, brownies, and, oh my, cupcakes. Lots and lots of luscious-looking cupcakes.
While ordering some "Newborns," the miniature version of the adult Old Fashioned cupcakes, I mentioned to the clerk that I would like to interview someone about the bakery. She said that one of the owners, Cheryl Day, was in the back baking and that she would tell Cheryl that I would like to interview her.
Moments later, Cheryl appeared and said she was in the middle of making some delicious treats, but could answer questions if I would e-mail them to her. We agreed to do that, and Cheryl agreed to let me snap a few photos of her.
Right behind Cheryl was a baker with a tray of freshly made Old Fashioned cupcakes.
I took my four "Newborns" home and after one bite I knew that it would be almost impossible to get enough of them.
In between bites, I typed questions for Cheryl and e-mailed them to her. My first question: What does receiving Savannah Magazine's Best Bakery in Savannah award mean to you? Cheryl's reply, "It is always an honor to receive an award for being the best. We have always been committed to being a neighborhood bakery, and it is nice to be recognized for doing what we love."
I also asked Cheryl, What ingredients at Back in the Day Bakery combine to make it the Best Bakery in Savannah? "Most importantly," Cheryl stated, "we make sure that we have a personal connection with everyone that walks in our door because we have learned that is our most important ingredient of all. We also use the highest quality and freshest ingredients that we can find from local dairy to sourcing the best chocolate. We bake everything from scratch fresh daily."
Having just sampled the miniature version of the Old Fashioned cupcakes, I thought I already knew the answer to my last question and my suspicions proved to be true. I asked Cheryl, Over time, what items have proved to be your consistent best sellers and why? Cheryl replied, "Our old fashioned cupcakes are still our #1 seller. We bake and frost them by hand all day long. Also, our chocolate chip cookies and 'nana pudding will cause a riot when we sell out. Visitors are excited to take our cookbook home with them, too, and it has become one of the best selling items as well as being listed as one of AMAZON'S BEST cookbooks
of the year so far!"
Back in the Day Bakery states
, “'Slow Down and Taste the Sweet Life'” is not just a tag line, but a belief that good food should nourish the body and soul." I certainly had a taste of the sweet life on my visit to the bakery. The bakery provides a warm and friendly atmosphere and everyone there was so sweet and absolutely focused on customer service. The baked goods I tasted were sublime. It is easy to see why Back in the Day Bakery was voted the best bakery in Savannah.
For more information about Back in the Day Bakery, visit the website
, call 912-495-9292, or, better yet, stop by 2403 Bull Street in Savannah, Georgia and taste the sweet life for yourself.