The Main Street Bake Shoppe is, predictably, on Main Street: 128 East in Laurens and 104 West in Clinton. It invigorates both towns exactly the way a good, substantial cup of coffee is supposed to.
The Laurens “shoppe,” which recently opened, serves breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and lunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hours are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
It always serves and sells breads (white, wheat, gluten-free, dinner rolls, banana, blueberry, cinnamon pecan, poppy seed), pastries (cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, apple fritters), cakes (chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate caramel, carrot, mandarin orange, hummingbird, varieties of pound), pies (apple, blackberry, cherry, raspberry, pecan, pecan cream cheese, chocolate, peanut butter, coconut cream) and bars and cookies (brownies, lemon, pumpkin, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, monster, molasses, peanut butter, snickerdoodle).
Little-known fact: Typing the above paragraph has nearly 2,000 calories. Sampling all of it? Oh, 2,000 times 2,000 calories.
But this is the Bake Shoppe. It’s what it’s there for.
The menus are simple. Everything is good. Breakfast sandwiches (on toast or biscuit) are bacon, egg and cheese, or sausage, egg and cheese. Another option, and a good one, is biscuits and gravy.
Lunch is a little more interactive. Sandwiches are made to order, which means the customer fills out his or her choices of “meats” (ham, turkey, roast beef, egg salad, chicken salad, pimento cheese), cheeses (American, provolone, Swiss, pepperjack), condiments (Miracle Whip, mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, dill pickles, banana peppers) and buns (white, wheat, gluten-free). Garden, chef and grilled chicken salads are also options.
A recent visit was mistimed in the no man’s land after lunch hours but before closing, but a muffin was to die for and a slice of cinnamon pecan bread went down well with a glass of milk that evening.
The simplicity of the Main Street Bake Shoppe is deceptive. It will require many visits to savor all the available treats.