Taste Buds: Main Street Bakery and Cafe

It is a scene that comes straight from a movie. The downtown bakery that holds a collection of delectable pastries, lunch and friendly faces that greets you as soon as you walk through the door. Main Street Bakery & Café in downtown Sylva is just that place.

Wide open windows to watch the cars pass by, artwork hanging the wall, a chalk wall for children to play with in the corner, the bakery is quite a lovely place for breakfast and lunch. A pastry bar lines the far wall from the doors and is filled with pastries ranging from Mini Peanut Butter Pies for $6 to a variety of cookies for 60 cents each. A small window pears into the kitchen that owner Chad Kindy could be seen through as he prepared orders.

Chad Kindy and his wife Heather Kindy have been the owners of Main Street Bakery & Café for the past two years. Originally Annie’s Bakery, the Kindys bought the building when Annie’s moved to Asheville with the help of local investments.

Main Street offers breakfast Tuesday – Friday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and offers an assortment of bagels and coffee to start your morning off right.

Some of the fan favorites are the Tom’s Breakfast Biscuit for $4.25, which is a spicy cheese biscuit with egg, mushroom, onions and tomatoes.

The Martin, $6.75, is an “everything” bagel with two eggs, herbed cream cheese, bacon, spinach, jalapenos, onion, tomato and avocado.

All their breakfast items are made fresh to order.

Lunch is served Tuesday – Friday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Their lunch menu contains salads, soups, deli sandwiches and Paninis. All their lunch items come with a side that includes Greek yogurt potato salad, orzo pasta salad, potato chips or cook’s choice, which is exactly what it sounds like.

Salads range from $4.25 – $7.50, and all the dressings are house made and include ranch, lemon-garlic vinaigrette, balsamic vinaigrette and honey mustard.

Soups range from $4.25 – $7.25 and include items like the Soup & House Salad for $6.75; a 12 oz bowl of soup with a house salad and your choice of dressing with crackers or bread. A popular item under the soups is the soup of the day, which is created daily by Chad Kindy.

Their deli sandwiches are in the $6 – $7 price range. The Western Goat, for $7.25, comes with Dark Cove Farm’s, a local supplier, herbed cheese, avocados, Roma tomatoes, sweet onions and cucumbers.

Paninis come in the $6 – $8 price range. The Doda, for $6.75, comes with salami, Dark Cove Farms goat cheese, onion, spinach and is grilled on multi-grained bread.

This reporter was treated to a half of a Hot Italian, ham, salami, provolone, oil and vinegar with Italian seasoning and sautéed onions on herbed focaccia for $8.25, and half of a Rueben, corned beef with house-made sauce, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese melted on Annie’s NY Rye, with a Pumpkin Bar and Spicy Cheese Biscuit.

The Hot Italian was lightly toasted, and looking at the meat and cheese that had melted together seamlessly, this sandwich looked almost too good to eat. Unfortunately, the time came to eat this beautiful meal, and it tasted just as good as it looked. It had a slight lemon-garlic taste to it, and the juices had soaked the bread and left an explosion of deliciousness.

The Pumpkin Bar that complimented the Hot Italian was an amazing fall flavor to the sandwich. Biting into the bar was a transition of smooth pumpkin filling to a crust that was just hard enough to hold it together but breaks apart effortlessly upon contact.

Another toasted sandwich, the Ruben, was just as enticing as the Hot Italian. The plethora of melted cheese just longed to be eaten. At first bite, the sauerkraut was an overpowering flavor, but just as quickly as it attacks your taste buds, the corned beef, house-made sauce and Swiss comes in and balances the sour taste.

A good pastry to compliment the Ruben that this reporter was treated to was the Spicy Cheese Biscuit. Although it is spicy, the spice actually warms the biscuit up as you eat it.

Chad Kindy takes pride in all of his food, and Heather Kindy, who makes all the pastries besides the bread and bagels, knows just what sweets visitors want to indulge in.

Main Street Bakery is a lovely place for a meal. Be sure to stop buy and try one of their delectable sandwiches.

For more information, call 828-631-9856.