Housemade baked granola at WildFlour Pastry — Photo courtesy of Clare Sweeney
As Charleston's Spring Street enjoys a steady spring awakening in terms of growth, reconstruction and new restaurant developments, one Spring Street establishment stands out as a successful local spot, at home in this neighborhood since 2009.
The demure, unassuming little WildFlour Pastry storefront at 73 Spring St. attracts both Charleston residents and visitors in steady numbers Tuesday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and, of course, for "Sticky Bun Sundays" from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
That's right: WildFlour Pastry has developed a large following based on its exceptional sticky buns, which are teasingly served just one day a week, to much local demand. Even on Mondays, when the bakery is closed, WildFlour unintentionally perfumes the block with the scent of mystery muffins.
The savory Pesto, Mozzarella and Sun-Dried Tomato Scone from WildFlour — Photo courtesy of Clare Sweeney
Think familiar baked goods and pastries with a whimsical twist when approaching the WildFlour menu. Yes, expect to see scones, but experiment with scones of the savory variety, such as Pesto, Mozzarella and Sun-Dried Tomato or Ham and Cheddar.
Sweet scones and turnovers, too, are on display each morning, and among them are both familiar and unexpected flavors, including Citrus Cranberry Scones and Raspberry Nutella Turnovers.
Continuing with the trend of exceptional day-starter baked goods, WildFlour hand assembles granola bars and oatmeal bars, as well as such sweet breads and muffins as Spiced Apple, Cinnamon Pecan Coffee, Pumpkin Pecan Cream Cheese and Banana Walnut.
A morning sampling of WildFlour's daily goodies — Photo courtesy of Clare Sweeney
One popular, regularly tempting item is the $1 Doughnut Muffin, whose name quite simply speaks for itself. WildFlour quiche is rich and filling in the best way, rounding out the heartier of WildFlour breakfast offerings in such combinations as Spinach and Feta; Mushroom and Gruyere; and Bacon and Swiss.
Such a breakfast powerhouse isn't complete without a reputable set of caffeinated accompaniments. Pair your pastry with a coffee (hot or iced) and your choice of sweeteners and milks (dairy-free options available).
Note: This breakfast will be the highlight of your day. Hit WildFlour Pastry early on Sunday mornings for a chance at taking home an ooey-gooey sticky bun, or two.
WildFlour's baked treats and iced coffees make the perfect morning combination — Photo courtesy of Clare Sweeney
Bakeries aren't just for breakfast! Luckily, Chef Lauren Mitterer and the WildFlour team are equally talented in the fine art of dessert baking. Scoop up WildFlour's Double Chocolate Brownies, or choose from a selection of tempting cookie varieties: Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Walnut, Peanut Butter, Sugar, Snickerdoodle and Double Chocolate.
WildFlour also caters for parties, special events and weddings. Contact WildFlour for event and wedding cake and pastry orders that are both memorable and stunningly presented. Mitterer also offers patrons the ability to build their own cake, choosing from dozens of cake and frosting flavors, with at least 24 to 48 hours of notice.
When venturing down Spring Street to WildFlour Pastry, bring a canine friend! WildFlour's outdoor courtyard patio and $0.35 dog cookies are idea for pups and their human companions.
Additionally, visitors to Charleston should take note that parking in this residential area is limited to street and metered spots.
Pooches welcome! Dog cookies are always on the menu at WildFlour Pastry — Photo courtesy of Clare Sweeney