If you’re a frequent Irvine Farmers Market visitor, you will be familiar with Blackmarket Bakery‘s baked goods enticing you each week with its croissants, pastries, cookies and more. Prior to now, the bakery has been predominantly wholesale, offering only a very limited selection at its Skypark Circle kitchen.
Just after the new year, the bakery’s highly awaited first retail location opened at The Camp and I was there early one morning to check it out while it was still quiet but it smelled great since all the ovens were on with things baking away.
My friend and I started with some coffee and ordered some food. I perused the display case and was attracted by all the sweet treats on offer such as the array of scones including apricot ginger which we ordered.
If you’re a fan of coconut, then the coconut macaroons (yes, macaroons and NOT macarons — that is one of my pet peevees when people get ‘em wrong) will definitely be your choice.
It’s breakfast and if you can’t decide, there is always a muffin or two for you to grab and take to work with you.
I’m more a croissant gal so those caught my eye. We ended up getting a savory croissant to share seeing I can’t have only sweets in any given meal.
Our garlic artichoke croissant is one of many I regularly purchase from the Irvine’s Farmers Market. The mushroom one is especially good.
The menu here also includes sandwiches so if you want one of those, you can go that route too. There are sweet ones, savory ones, as well as sweet AND savory ones which is always my favorite!
The Nacho Libre ($6.65) is a great sandwich with American cheese, jalapenos, chopped bacon and roasted red peppers. This concoction has a nice kick to it and works for me whether it’s breakfast or lunch.
I also tried my friend’s Swiss Account ($5.70) — Swiss cheese, apricot butter and chopped bacon — a tad too sweet for me, but the bacon’s saltiness offset the apricot butter very nicely.
If you’ve never had the Cabernet pasta Blackmarket makes you can pick some up here, along with the Cabernet brownie and other items. The pasta is pretty awesome!
This week, I have a gift basket to giveaway. Chef Rachel has generously donated what I call a “Chef’s Choice Basket” for one of my readers to win. It’s a compilation of goodies from the bakery, all personally chosen by Chef Rachel. Leave me a comment with your FULL name and tell me what your favorite Blackmarket Bakery item is for a chance to win. Entries close on Friday 18th. Good Luck!
Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp
2937 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626