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Breakfast at Blue House Bakery and Café in Bryant

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It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out why Blue House Bakery and Café has become so popular in a relatively short period of time. Ownership has created a fun, welcoming atmosphere, highlighted by attentive service, smiling faces, and, of course, great food.

This fast-casual restaurant possesses a downhome vibe, thanks in large part to the massive chocolate gravy recipe hanging on the side wall for all to see. It’s a nice touch, and while it did not inspire me to partake in an order, I did sample many of the breakfast items, including muffins, the breakfast burrito, a blueberry scone, the croissant egg sandwich, cinnamon roll, and avocado toast.

Blue House’s food manages to excel in quality and taste, as evident by my favorite item of the breakfast, the blueberry scone. I am very picky about my scones. Far too often restaurants serve up a sad, dry confection, and try to pass it off as something to be proud of. Not Blue House. These were chock-full of plump blueberries, and the scone was moist with crispy edges and a nice punch of sugar as a garnish.

The muffins, both cinnamon and cranberry orange, were moist and flavorful, as was the cinnamon roll with its light layer of icing on top and a heavy hand of cinnamon and sugar throughout. I would not hesitate to order any of the beforementioned sweet treats again.

I have similar praise for the breakfast burrito, yet another item that is simple in appearance but packs a taste punch. A flour tortilla is filled with scrambled eggs, plentiful chunks of sausage, and gooey American cheese that just melds everything together. My one knock? Given Blue House’s affinity for baking, I would love to see them attempt to make their own tortillas, rather than using the store-bought ones. I realize most restaurants take this route, but Blue House has the potential to create a truly special dish by incorporating house-made tortillas.

The croissant egg sandwich and avocado toast were also well-received, and again, just two more straightforward executions by the restaurant, highlighted by crisp bacon strips on the sandwich and a nice slather of guacamole on the toast.

As you might expect, Blue House has a full line of coffee drinks as well as several other breakfast dishes like Cowboy Quiche, breakfast casserole, biscuits and gravy, and a breakfast plate, along with sweets like monkey bread and a variety of pies. It is also worth mentioning that the food is adequately portioned and reasonably priced, making for an excellent overall value.

Did I mention that they also do lunch? Looks like I have some homework to do. As for breakfast, it is a hit and one that will no doubt continue to bring in fans of the restaurant.

Blue House Bakery and Cafe
4000 Highway 5 N (Bryant)
Phone: 501-943-7372
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-noon; Closed Sunday & Monday

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Kevin Shalin is a food writer living in Little Rock with his wife, Sara, and two daughters, Natalie (12) and Sydney (7). He started his own blog, The Mighty Rib, seven years ago while living in Houston. Six months later, he began writing for Eating Our Words, a Houston Press food blog. After a year in Boston, he moved to Little Rock, where he’s been for almost five years. During that time, he’s written for Little Rock Soiree, Rock City Eats, Treatsie, and Bourbon and Boots.

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