When I first thought up the idea for a Jacksonville Bucket List, there were a few things that had to be on it. While I don't want to turn this into a "things to eat" blog, I have to admit that there are many awesome places to get food in town. One of those is Edgewood Bakery, which has been a Jacksonville institution since 1947.
Or at least, it was. Much like Freebirds out in Jax Beach, Edgewood Bakery kind of suffered the "kiss of death" ever since being added to the list. They were recently sold, and the last day in business is March 12 (tomorrow - get your butts there while you can!) On a positive note, The French Pantry will be opening another location in its place, so at least it hasn't been replaced with a chain like Starbucks.
Growing up in New York, there were a few local bakeries that we would shop at for birthday cakes and other special things. I didn't realize it until I walked through the doors at Edgewood, but Jacksonville doesn't really have any local bakeries. There are plenty of cupcake shops and coffeehouses with pastries, but nothing that screams "bakery."
Edgewood has a bunch of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, and donuts - the standard bakery fare. Since my coworker has brought in donuts for everyone for the past two days (thanks Doug!), I decided to go with something else. The lady behind the counter told me about the pie table (see above!) and I picked up a mini pecan pie to snack on, maybe after the Gate River Run.
Since I'm a cookie connoisseur, I also snagged a chocolate chunk and brownie cookie. The brownie one was pretty good, but the chocolate chunk was out of this world. I'm really bummed about the fact that Edgewood is closing, especially since I only just went to try it out. I've lived in Jacksonville for almost 5 years, and it took the store closing to get me to get up and drive over. Hopefully I'm more motivated to check out the other items on my list before it's last call.
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!