LUNCH AT THE SUGAR HILL BAKERY AND CAFE’ is a foodie’s delight in an atmosphere of fanciful decorations that brings out the child in all of us.
ON A WARM FALL DAY, my sister Nancy invited me and her friend Debbie, to one of her favorite new places for lunch. And want a delightful adventure it was!
THE RESTAURANT IS LOCATED IN SUGAR HILL, GEORGIA, just a frog’s jump north of Atlanta. Parking is available. We approach the bright blue building with painted sunflowers, pumpkin doormat, and a bicycle by the front door. It’s obvious we are not going to dine in a traditionally decorated milieu.
AS WE STEP THROUGH THE DOOR, we are greeted by a big panda hanging over a chair.
We enter an unusual environment reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, and find a cozy table nook to occupy. The large bakery cabinet across the room dominates the room, brightly lit up trumpting all kinds of sugar confections and desserts.
The menu is simple, but varied, and includes healthy options for lunch. That is a good thing, because we all want to save room for dessert.
WHILE WE WAIT FOR OUR FOOD, we look over the fantasy created all around us with colorful and unexpected items on display, …stuffed animals, fur coats, jack-o-lanterns, trees, and lots of glitz, bling and twinkling lights on walls and ceiling.. The women’s restroom, an entrance to “the lion, the witch and the wardrobe” is imaginative. Unmatched vintage wood chairs are pulled up to tables scattered throughout. There is much to see in every corner.
THE THREE OF US ENJOY the choices we make for lunch, including Georgia sweet tea, chicken salad and sandwiches that are fresh and tasty. Finally, the time comes to select OUR dessert. Such a decision! We aren’t prepared for the large size of the dessert serving that is delivered to each of us, especially the one Debbie orders. Some of the desserts necessitate asking for a box to take some home to savor later. And good! …. Sweet, flaky, custardy. smooth! Oh yes.
THE FOOD IS THE BEST REASON TO VISIT the Sugar Hill Bakery and Café, but the décor is the second best reason that makes having lunch here a respite from a busy life and the usual luncheon fare. It’s a quirky place for girlfriends to meet and chat, a place to take your children to be dazzled by the whimsy, or even for a couple to enjoy a cool drink to begin a romantic evening, in out of the ordinary surroundings.
A CHARMING WOMAN named Nancy (in the middle below) created and manages the Sugar Hill Bakery and Cafe’. If you stop in for lunch, ask for Nancy and tell her what you appreciated about the experience.( Two Nancys and Debbie in photo below.)
Sue Marquis Bishop 2016