One of my favorite treats in Gainesville, FL is Uppercrust Bakery. I honestly don't think there is anything here that doesn't taste amazing. My favorite staple here is the rosemary-garlic baguette, which is crunchy and very flavorful. It is delicious with cream cheese and smoked salmon, tapenade, chevre or simply plain or with butter. It makes an excellent addition to a pasta based meal or as a sandwich with petit basque, avocado, tomato and red onion. The rosemary-garlic bread is also available in ficelles and large and small batards, and sometimes as petit rolls. You need to purchase this, as well as other savory items from Uppercrust early in the day as these are the first to sell.
Also pictured above is the White Bean Mousse, one of several spreads Uppercrust makes from scratch. It has a smooth texture and a strong garlic flavor. It contains olive oil and rosemary, as well as other spices. It is delicious on the aforementioned rosemary-garlic baguette. The artichoke mousse is another delicious spread made with garlic, olive and truffle oils, spices and artichokes that Uppercrust offers. They also make hummus, tapenade, chevre in olive oil with herbs de provance as staple offerings located in the cooler near the register. All are delicious, especially paired with one of Uppercrust's artisan breads.
Uppercrust also makes savory and sweet stuffed croissants and plain croissants. They are pillowy soft and buttery. One of my absolute favorites is the spinach and feta stuffed croissant, pictured below. Make sure not to miss the turkey and gruyere stuffed croissant or the ham and emmenthal croissant. These make wonderful light lunch items when you don't have the time for a sit-down lunch.
Uppercrust also offers this ridiculousy delicious artichoke, swiss and red onion stuffed soft roll, showered with rosemary and parsely. This thing should be illegal. The roll is huge, and a lunch in itself. This roll also comes in a calamata olive and cheese flavor, which is also delicious, but the artichoke one is my personal favorite.
During Christmas I purchased a pumpkin cream cheese danish that was fantastic. The pastry was soft and flaky and the filling was not overly-sweet. Topped with a dust of confectioner's sugar. Pictured below:
Uppercrust has been in business since 1981, so you know they must be doing something right. They also carry fine wine, cheeses and jams, spreads, pasta and other items.
If you are new to Gainesville and are trying to locate a bakery, make sure to stop by Uppercrust located at:
4116 NW 16th Blvd., next to The Fresh Market Gainesville, FL
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
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