Pawleys Island Bakery

Max and Sue Goree both have professional baking experience, but they don’t want their new business, Pawleys Island Bakery, to be just a bakery. They want it to also be a cafe. If they continue to serve quality food as they have so far, people will be stopping by in droves. But wait – customer are already stopping by en masse, because not only is the food delicious; it’s all available at impressively modest prices.
Max has a history working in bakeries and restaurants in Michigan and Connecticut, and he attended cooking classes at Anne Willan’s non-accredited culinary school in France called La Varenne. He and Sue moved to the Grand Strand area in 2005, and they spent more than four years searching for the right spot in which to open their carefully planned bakery.  They needed plenty of room, wanted to be located on U.S. 17 Bypass, and it had to have adequate parking. When Quiznos closed, Max realized the spot he awaited had become open. Now Max arrives for work at 2:30 a.m. and lets the flour fly until doors open at 6 p.m. when bread epicureans start arriving to fill their senses with fresh yeasty aromas and their bellies with warm croissants, cheese biscuits, baguettes and more.
Sue also has a bakery pedigree from the school of hands-on experience. She worked at a bakery from 1984 through 1997, and her natural artistic abilities (she draws and is a photographer) shined through when she moved from baking to cake decorating.  If you want a customized cake you can bounce your idea off of her, and Sue will tell you if she can recreate it.

Place setting

The only remnant of Quizno’s that remains is a big faded Q in the hardwood floor that’s mostly covered up by the display case. Now when customers enter the first things they see are goodies such as Old Fashioned Cake Donuts, whole Raspberry Cream Cakes, Chocolate Peanut Butter Stacks, Lemon Cream Shortcakes and a long row of freshly baked breads. Behind the counter a window to one of two kitchens provides a peek of a couple of employees busily baking and preparing lunch orders. A long counter opposite the display cases – facing Ocean Highway – provides several seats.  To the right of the front door is a dining area called The Gallery where Sue Goree’s photography (available for purchase) is on display. A few tables are in there, plus a couple of Adirondack loveseats that create a cozy niche in which to enjoy coffee and a pastry.  The bakery is bright and welcoming with plenty of staffers to quickly fill orders.

What’s to eat

Sweets lovers will be ecstatic here, both for the variety and the prices. Whole cakes are available such as Carrot, Chocolate Fudge, Red Velvet, Cannoli Cream, Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry Mousse and Regular Guy cake filled with chocolate mousse. Six-inch cakes are $10, and 8-inchers are $16.
Don’t want a whole cake? There are cupcakes studded with M&Ms or topped with colorful sprinkles, plus Cupcake Sandwiches filled with coconut cream.
If cookies trip your sweet treat trigger, the bakers have made Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chunk, Snickerdoodles, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut, Butter with raw sugar on top, Coconut Macaroons dipped in chocolate, Rocky Road cookies and White Chocolate Cherry Cookies.

For those who think cookie bars are best the case holds Magic Bars, Chocolat-ChunkPecan, Lemon Shortcake, Tiger Brownies and more.
Mornings can start off sweetly with Cinnamon Rolls, Muffins, Danish, Scones or Donuts, or breakfasters can choose savory items like $3 breakfast sandwiches with Taylor Ham on freshly baked hard rolls, Croissants or large Cheese Biscuits.  A few specialty soups, sandwiches and side salads are featured at lunchtime. When I visited there was Vegetable Soup, six sandwich choices (Tuna Salad, Texas Smoked Beef Brisket, Hummus Wrap, Smoked Chicken Salad, Classic Italian and Hot Meatloaf)  and three side salads.
If you want to buy fresh bread loaves, be aware that sometimes Pawleys Island Bakery sells out by lunchtime. You can always call and put an order in for your favorite, and the staff will save it back for next-day pickup. A few of those choices are French Baguette, Multi-Grain, Seeded Rye, Cranberry Walnut, Pumpernickel and Sourdough.

Pawleys Island Bakery Hours: Monday – Saturday 6am to 6pm / Sunday 6am to 1pm – Phone 843-237-3100   10517 Ocean Highway Pawleys Island, SC

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