BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The owners of “The Essential” on Morris Avenue are branching out on a sweet new venture in Homewood.
The “Bandit Patisserie” offers everything from croissants and coffee, to savory lunch sandwiches. It’s open seven days a week from 7 am until 5pm.
But there’s also an extensive breakfast menu. That’s because partners Kristen Farmer Hall and Victor King love really love breakfast.
“We love breakfast, breakfast is our love language,” says Kristen laughing.
That’s why the Bandit Patisserie serves a both sweet and savory breakfast items from 7 am until 3 pm every day.
“I love our salmon toast,” says Victor. It’s made with pickles on house made sourdough.
But his favorite pastry, is the chocolate croissant.
“Croissants are an interesting thing because they actually take three days to make, it’s really a labor of love,” explains Kristen. She’s the executive pastry chef.
Her love of baking, has been years in the making.
“I have two daughters, and I really wanted them to grow up in the kitchen and one of the best places to start is in the kitchen. For me pastries started at home with them and then grew really rapidly,” says Kristen.
The idea for Bandit was born about six years ago.
“I did a pop-up shop called “Baking Bandits” in October and November of 2013 and that started our pastry careers,” she explains. “My background is in biology and chemistry and chemistry is really the base of pastries, its where the heart and science of food meet. Its’ been a really good personal and professional journey for me.”
Bandit Patisserie has been open for about a week, and so far it’s been a hit.
“We’ve been selling an enormous amount of pastries which makes our hearts very happy. This is a patisserie, so more on the pastry lamination croissant side of things, a little less icing,” says Kristen.
One of the unique features of the location, is that you can actually see them making everything, and everything is made from scratch, through windows that look into the bakery.
“We love an open kitchen… I think it creates a more interactive experience between the guests and the bakers,” says Victor. “Little kids come up and stare in the windows”
“You get to wave at them and both kids and adults alike can see that what is being made is made from scratch by hand and there is a lot of love and car that goes in to making pastries. It’s been really fun,” Kristen adds excitedly.
Bandit Patisserie is located at 2821 Central Avenue in Homewood, nestled between The Little Donkey and Steel City Pops. You can see the menu here.