While returning home from a trip to see my beloved Florida Gators beat the Georgia Bulldogs in Jacksonville, my friend David (now a full member of the Gator Football Nation) and I decided to drive home on the scenic beach road A1A and find a place there to eat lunch. Well, I don’t need to tell you this, but of course the second I saw the word bakery in the title of this place I hit the breaks!
Flagler Beach is a small quaint “Old Florida” beach town. No big condos or oceanfront mansions here. It’s the way A1A used to be all up and down the coast. Maggie’s is right across the street from the beach which affords stunning views of the Atlantic while you eat. This place would never exist in South Florida as by now it would be condos or a strip center. It’s not a big restaurant and is decorated with German accents while German music appropriately plays in the background. Maggie was born in Germany but moved to the states as a small child. Her husband Andy was born in France and has also been in the states since childhood. They met in eighth grade and have been married for 37 years. Several years ago Andy unfortunately lost his longtime job up north, so Maggie and him packed up and moved to sunny Florida. Because Maggie has always loved to entertain, she decided to open this restaurant so she could share her family recipes and passion for cooking. The place has been a sucess since. Many people have talked to Maggie and Andy about expanding their current location or opening another eatery but Maggie wont have it. Great service and quality food are what she delivers and she doesn’t want either to suffer. Good for her and great for all her customers! Our friendly waitress suggested we try the below three items which Dave and I had them split. Therefore the pictures of the entrees are half portions but still nice sizes.
First we had the Savory Crepes. Ours were custom made with eggs, onions, mushrooms, and cheese. The actual crepe was halfway between a traditional crepe and a pancake as it was a bit thicker than most. Cooked perfectly and delicious! It came with the most scrumptious potatoes I have had in a long time. They had a bit of a crunch on the outside with a buttery and mildly salty taste.
Next up was a wonderful crustless Zucchini Frittata that is not on the everyday menu. Very tasty and probably the healthiest entree we had.
The last entree we shared was a quiche that had applewood smoked bacon, onions, and sausage. Covered in a yummy hollandaise sauce this was by far the richest dish we had. Served with potatoes and croissant. A really excellent quiche brimming with flavor! We also ordered a potato pancake. Lightly fried and perfectly seasoned!
And finally the Dessert. Of course I had to try a piece of Maggie’s home-made Challah Bread Pudding. A bit well done and crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. Served warm with whipped cream! The challah bread is what makes this special as it is almost croissant-like in texture and taste. This receives 4 stars out of five for “Is it Good”. Maggie also makes a variety of other desserts such as cookies, brownies, numerous bars (key lime, lemon, etc.), linzers, cakes, whoopie pies, baklava, and several more. By the way, the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie was both large and very tasty.
Maggie tries to use the freshest ingredients that are available but she says nothing is organic. Just plain white sugar and flour here. Not that people don’t want to eat healthy but I don’t think her customers want or expect “health food”. This is someone making great comfort food with her own special flair and it seems to be working great. Therefore Maggie’s receives 1 heart for “Is it Good For You”.
David and I throughorly enjoyed a real treat by visiting Maggie’s European Bakery and Cafe. Maggie and her staff made us feel like we were family, we loved eating on the ocean, and the food was unique and delicious. I can’t wait to return to Maggie’s when I am in the area again. Please remember to enjoy with moderation! TheDessertDoctor.com
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