By Tatum McIssac
Mmmm… a wall of bread. That’s what greets patrons when they walk into The Blue Blinds Bakery in downtown Plymouth. Located right off of Main Street, the converted home with big blue shutters serves up freshly prepared pastries, artisan breads, pies and cakes – all made with organic ingredients. The place is a “special treat” for my kids – where they get to have a second breakfast of giant cinnamon rolls baked in house and I can enjoy a late-morning cup of tea in a quiet, quaint little place near home. On a recent Sunday following a jam-packed holiday weekend, a trip to Blue Blinds was exactly what we all needed.
It should come as no surprise that a place in Plymouth gives off an “historic” vibe. The bakery welcomes you with a spacious wooden front porch with mismatched seating for lingering over a hot cup of something. Inside, two large fireplaces are flanked by small tables and frame one highly coveted couch. I’ve been to Blue Blinds a handful of times, and it has always been busy. Friends enjoying a breakfast of waffles or eggs and toast; runners grabbing their overdue coffee or a bottled Blue Blinds “Green Drink”; and of course the kids noshing on Danish or gingersnap cookies. Have I tempted your sweet tooth? The bakery is in full swing for holiday orders, so in addition to their freshly baked breads, check out their list of pies and cakes for order!
If you’re in a hurry, drive down the road to Dunkin Donuts. Blue Blinds is a place to meet, relax and take in the scenery (read: people watching). The staff is friendly, but not in any sort of rush. So settle in, bring a newspaper or book if you’d like, and practice patience. Prices are totally reasonable. Baked goods are around $2-4, breakfasts and lunches range from $4-8. Also, beware of quirky business hours. The eatery is closed on Saturdays, with early hours throughout the rest of the week, but open until 9 Monday through Thursdays!
Admittedly, we’ve only made it to Blue Blinds on Sundays, so my 2015 resolutions include lunch there sometime after the New Year. Specialties like the Deli Rose, Reuben and Spinwich have my mouth watering. Note: The group that owns Blue Blinds also runs Common Sense Wholesome Food Market right around the corner, and is planning to open a sandwich shop, Yellow Deli, in Plymouth in the coming months. So why not get an early taste of what they might be serving up to the lunch crowd at their newest location next spring?
Tatum McIsaac is a south shore resident, self-proclaimed foodie, and mom to two kids who actually like vegetables! She works full time in corporate communications, but loves spending her free time perusing farmers’ markets, scoping out local eateries with her husband, and cooking for her family. In addition to her posts on the eSS&SC blog, you can read her New England restaurant reviews at Good Taste by Tatum.