Out in the Oakwood-Mordecai neighborhood, life continues to spring up in the form of new businesses. The latest addition to the hood is Yellow Dog Bread company and I was able to stop in during its grand opening but wanted to wait for things to settle in before doing a follow-up visit. With my gym right across the street from Yellow Dog, I knew it wouldn’t be a problem outside of their 7pm closing time.
So after a Saturday morning workout, I walked over to Yellow Dog and given it was a nice day, the place was bustling. Some seating out on the sidewalk, limited seating inside, pretty much every spot was taken. What’s great about this area is that it’s an up and coming hood with a captive audience. As new businesses pop up, they immediately get the support of the neighborhood which is great for business. As expected, the clientele for Yellow Dog was 20 and 30-something hipster types with dogs and children in tow. Inside, Yellow Dog is small but well-decorated with a cool, wood-cut sign, breads on display on the wall and a small glass case of pastries and treats. Prices are reasonable, I grab a French batard at $3.50 and a croissant. Staff is well-trained and solid with customer service, pay at the end where you can grab a coffee if you choose to linger. Probably not a great idea during busy periods but in off-periods, it probably will work out as at hang-out destination.
At home I carve into the French batard and it’s good. Crisp, thick crust, soft interior and great toasted up for dinner with prime rib. The croissant is also solld with a flaky interior and plenty of texture inside. So I’d have to say that while I’m not a bakery and sweets nut, Yellow Dog is off to a good start. Is it up to La Farm standards? Probably not but La Farm rocks it out and has been around for at least 4 – 5 years so they’ve got history on their side. So in the end, it’s great to have Yellow Dog Bread in the hood and curious to see how they evolve. As a neighborhood bakery and coffee shop I’m pretty sure they’ll do quite well. Now in addition to Tyler’s I’ve got one other temptation to distract me on my way home from the gym which is going to be a challenge!
219 East Franklin Street
Raleigh, NC 27604
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