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Alice Bakery and Confectionary

Many of the Moveable Feast reviews have featured restaurants offering dinner and an occasional breakfast spot. Work schedules and busy weekends can make a visit to cafes with shortened operating hours difficult to fit into a day, but a stop at Alice Bakery and Confectionary is highly recommended. About ten years ago, I was searching for a lunch spot and found Alice in North Wales.  

Concentrating on baked goods and pastry, Alice also offers breakfast and lunch courses served up with coffee or your favorite tea.

Alice was opened in November 2011 by owner Dennis Darr who trained as a Pastry Chef in Chicago (French Pastry School 2007) and spent a few years working in the restaurant industry before opening Alice (named in honor of his grandmother) close to the North Wales train station. (A second location in Ardmore opened in 2015 but had to close in 2020 due to staffing issues during COVID). All offerings are all made fresh in the store by Darr and his team.

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Outdoor café tables (weather permitting) and a small indoor dining area for about dozen patrons provide space to enjoy the Alice creations.  A myriad selection of French pastries, sticky buns, cakes, and brownies are presented in glass cases as well as freshly baked bread in open racks for review and selection. Perhaps lesser known to casual passersby are the breakfast and lunch offerings.    

As Arlo Guthrie once sang... "You can get (almost) anything you want at Alice's Restaurant." Sandwiches, Quiche, Soups, and Salad selections (including Vegan friendly) are available for dine-in or takeout, with sandwiches served with a cup of soup.   

Five varieties of breakfast sandwiches are available, served on fresh bakery made croissants or bread. Quiche offerings include the House Quiche (Portobellas Mushroom, Caramelized onions, Goat Cheese,), Quiche Lorraine (Bacon, Gruyere, Caramelized Onions) and a Veggie Quiche (Onions, Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Cheddar Cheese). Several salads are also available including Greek and Chicken Salads.  Sandwich creations include Portobello with Mushroom, Grilled Cheese, Chicken Salad, Turkey with Apple and Brie and an Italian sandwich, all served with a cup of house made soup -Creamy Portobello Mushroom or Tomato Basil.

As many sandwich afficionados know, bread can elevate a sandwich’s status from good to great and this is where Alice shines. I absolutely fell in love with the Alice Italian Sandwich (prosciutto, genoa salami, hot soppressata, provolone, tomato, spicy giardiniera) served on an Alice baguette and has become my regular order when I visit. Quality cold cuts, fresh tomato, and lettuce and just the right amount of giardiniera is served on a fresh, crispy crusted baguette that yields to a sturdy chewiness with each bite.   DW Sherri opted for the BLAT – crispy bacon with fresh sliced tomato, lettuce, and thick slices of Avocado on Wheat toast.  Both sandwiches were accompanied by a cup of smooth and creamy Tomato Basil soup.

We visited about an hour before closing and several patrons came into the store and commented “I wanted to see what you had left” and one patron being told “If you don’t get here by 9 AM the croissants are gone.”   More impressive was the lone loaf of bread remaining on the rack that was purchased without reservation after the eager patron surveyed the scant bread offerings and willingly took the orphan loaf home. 

While enjoying the Italian baguette sandwich, I was surveying the pastry cases for take-out choices.  Unfortunately, several customers entered the store before I was done eating and scooped up all the Cherry Chocolate Scones, so I had to settle for a Carrot Cake Scone and a delicious Chocolate Iced Brownie. My advice to visitors is to make your pastry case selections before you enjoy breakfast or lunch, as your chosen favorite may disappear right before your very eyes!   (DW says “I told you so!”)

This is not just a bakery, but a great spot to stop for a quick lunch where you can have time to peruse the pastry and confectionery selection to enjoy as a dessert or take home. Also be on the lookout for Alice outposts at weekend Farmer’s Markets (Doylestown or Ambler).

Rating 4/5
Alice Bakery and Confectionary
129 S. Main Street. North Wales, PA 19454
​Wednesday-Saturday: 7:00am-3:00pm
Sunday-Tuesday: closed
*Take out         *Curbside service       *Outdoor seating         *Indoor seating (limited, socially distant)
Ron Knerr is a 30+ year cooking hobbyist who has been a “foodie” before the term was popular.  His home arsenal includes a smoker, a sous vide immersion heater, a sausage stuffer, and several crockpots. Send comments and suggestions to:

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