1112 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
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With its namesake black sheep sculpture standing sentinel in the sleek interior, this new Channel District artisanal bakery is a knockout. It’s not an exhaustive array of pastries, but what they do, they do well. I defy you to find a better croissant in Tampa, and I double-dog dare you to locate better alfajores. Alfa-wha? It’s a soft, delicate sugar cookie from South America made with cornstarch (for tenderness), two of which are stacked with dulce de leche in the middle then dusted with a little powdered sugar. Who knows what Proust would have done with a cookie memory like that. Anyway, Francisco Arias’s new bakery serves Buddy Brew coffee along with a short menu at breakfast and lunch (try the jambon beurre — baguette, butter, ham — three ingredients that need no embellishment). There’s a communal table, Wi-Fi and a distinctly Big City feel to the place.
This is part of Times Food Critic Laura Reiley's 25 Top Affordable Restaurants in Tampa Bay.