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Heritage Bakery & Cafe

Update: Heritage Bakery & Cafe is closed.

In a word: Lives up to tradition.

The specs: #0721  
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JM ate the ham and cheese with chips, a day-old chocolate donut, and 2 chocolate milks.
Nichole ate the BLT with a salad and an iced latte.
The bill was $19, or $10ish/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole gave Heritage Bakery & Cafe an A- (see our grading rubric).

Donut, iced latte, chocolate milkHeritage Cafe helped us out of a fix when we had a bike tire blowout, and for that alone we like them. (For that same reason, we also like friendly local bike shops and Madison Metro's rack-and-ride.)

But that's beside the point; the interior at Heritage was a comfortable place to regroup, being welcoming and tidy, with both tables and an armchair/kid area. The remake of Cafe Carl is looking good.

The sweets came out before the sustenance. A chocolate donut, baked on site, was still better than the grocery store's at a day old. Chocolate milk and a crushed-ice latte cooled us off and picked us up.

The ham and cheese #63 with thin, juicy ham, Swiss, sweet tomato jam and caramelized onions on a roll went way beyond tasty. The pickle held down its side of the plate.

The BLT on lightly toasted white bread had lean, meaty, chewy bacon, though the tomato was criminally pink for July. A side salad of spinach was heavily dressed in a house vinaigrette punctuated by oil-rich herbed croutons.

Ham and cheeseBLT

Pick up a sammy or a pastry if you're nearby. It's pretty good.


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Great morning bun (though the batches are starting to last two days now--half off on day two), also now brewing a local coffee in addition to whatever they were already brewing--it wasn't very good. This week, it's Cargo Coffee's Atomic.

Also, Heritage recently expanded into Sunday hours. Hopefully, this is a sign of good business and not desperation. I really should get there for lunch some time.

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