The Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery has been open in a small storefront in tiny Coatesville, Indiana for almost six years. It was literally an answer to owner Judy Sexton’s prayer, asking God what direction she should go in her life.
“The Lord put it on my heart that I should open this cafe and he gave me the Scripture verse John 6:51: ‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.'”
It should come as no coincidence then that the fruits of Judy’s and her staff’s labor can be described as “heavenly.” When the Bread Basket first opened, it was cakes, pies and breads that brought customers in. But don’t think for a minute about skipping the lunch menu and heading straight for dessert. Doing that would mean missing out on daily made-from-scratch soups, fresh from the garden salads and hits-the-spot sandwiches.
Though the Bread Basket is known for its chicken salad, I opted for the BLT with thick-sliced bacon and was not disappointed. Others in group did try the chicken salad, the portabello mushroom sandwich and an apple pecan salad. If Judy had been giving out stickers, everyone at our table would have gotten the “clean plate club” award.
It was hard to do, but we even saved room for dessert, sharing several sinful slices of cake and pie among the five of us. The German chocolate cake, red velvet cake and the lemon blueberry cakes all received highest marks.
The Bread Basket’s menu has been popular enough that Judy opened a small second shop in Danville, which carries desserts and a small selection of daily lunch items. To take advantage of the increased customer traffic in Danville and to consolidate operations into one central and larger space, the Bread Basket will be moving to a new location in Danville the first week of October 2011. The current Danville location will be open through September 16.
The Coatesville location will be open through September 10. If you get a chance to get there before then, do. God knows you won’t be sorry you did.