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I was first introduced to Birmingham Breadworks through the CSA program offered by Stone Hollow Farmstead, which provides a weekly share of goodies from several of the area’s best farms and local vendors. My family literally fought over the last piece of the loaf we received that week, so when I learned that Birmingham Breadworks had a storefront on Seventh Avenue South, I had to check it out. I was surprised to learn that this place has much more than bread. I went in for coffee and a loaf of bread and ended up hopping on the WiFi and proceeded to “work” my way through lunch!

Birmingham Breadworks is located in Southside at 2408 7th Avenue South.

Birmingham Breadworks is located in Southside at 2408 Seventh Ave. S.

Breads, pastries and

Breads, pastries and coffees by Octane are served, as well as a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and pizza at Birmingham Breadworks.

The breads they make from scratch daily have simple, quality ingredients, many of which are only flour, water and salt. The pastries are also formed with the same commitment to all-natural ingredients, such as sugar, butter and whole fruits.

Raisin bread

Raisin bread at Birmingham Breadworks

Cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon rolls come out warm and gooey and have earned Birmingham Breadworks a loyal following.

Amazing what these guys can do with flour, salt and water!

Amazing what these guys can do with flour, salt and water!

Loads of tempting sweet treats

Loads of tempting sweet treats

Savory bites abound, too

Savory bites abound, too!

Owners Corey Hinkel and Brooks Taylor have been bringing their artisanal breads to Pepper Place Market on Saturdays, building a loyal customer base, which led to the opening of the storefront in a former antiques space last December.

In addition to coffee, breads and pastries, lunch options are available as well, and include daily offerings of at least one soup, a couple of sandwich options, salads and pizza by the slice. Birmingham Breadworks posts the day’s offerings on its Facebook page. Typically, there are meat and meatless offerings for both of the sandwiches, as well as the pizza.

French baguettes, croissants, ham and cheese croissants, chocolate croissants, almond croissants, cream cheese Danish and the famous cinnamon rolls are daily features on the menu. Sourdough, farm rye, raisin-Craisin walnut, multigrain and brioche breads are regular staples, but aren’t always available at the beginning of the week. They also take special orders for breads, pastries, and even giant cookies and cakes, too.

A cup of soup, simple salad and hunk of bread is a lunch I could eat every day.

A cup of soup, simple salad and hunk of bread is a lunch I could eat every day.

Pizza can be ordered by the slice.

Pizza can be ordered by the slice.

Sandwich

Sandwiches are jam-packed with fresh ingredients.

Friendly service

Friendly service means you’ll feel right at home.

Plenty of tables

There is ample seating in the open dining area with plans to expand farther into the back room in the future.

Breaking bread with others is what it's all about so be open to making new friends.

Breaking bread with others is what it’s all about, so be open to making new friends.

Comfortable seating

Comfortable seating makes this place a great spot for meeting up with friends.

In addition to the storefront, Birmingham Breadworks sells its stellar products during the season at Pepper Place Saturday Market. Additionally, you can enjoy them at some of your favorite local eateries, such as MELT, Galley & Garden, Paramount and Bistro 218.

Birmingham Breadworks is located at 2408 Seventh Ave. S. in Birmingham. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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