Small Bites: Old World Bakery opens on Merrimon

Daily bread: The Old World Bakery, now open on Merrimon Avenue, offers plenty of croissants, breads and other pastries. Photo by Max Cooper

The Old World Bakery, previously located in Fletcher, is now open at Merrimon Square. The bakery has taken over the unit that once housed Crème Patisserie.

Baker Jacques Delaunay, who owns the spot with his wife, Miriam, bakes in a true old-world style, having picked up the craft at the age of 15 in France, where he grew up in the countryside between Normandy and Paris. "When I was 17, I graduated and went to Paris to work as a baker," he says. After France, he baked in the Los Angeles, area before finally settling in WNC.

Delaunay makes all of his breads in an artisanal, all-natural style, from sourdough to baguettes to kalamata loaves. Everything is made from scratch, he says, including the pastry creams he uses in his cakes and other confections. He counts among his specialties scratch-made croissants, including chocolate and almond-and-cheese varieties, danishes, cinnamon rolls and brioche.

Old World Bakery serves coffee throughout the day and also offers a light lunch, with items including quiche Lorraine and croque monsieur.

The bakery is located at 640 Merrimon Ave. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 254-4218.

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