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The Artist Baker: More Than Just Treats and Sweets

They also serve a delicious, wholesome lunch.

There's something to be said for simple elegance.

Sure, there is the elegance that comes in big, in posh, in bold. But, sometimes, that elegance gets overpowered by opulance.

At , a little country-styled bakery on Cattano Avenue, the elegance does not need flash. And, more importantly (for this column, especially), the food speaks for itself.

I had heard of The Artist Baker several times from its involvement with local organizations like Grow it Green Morristown. There, it was their treats on display. Being one without much of a sweet tooth, I had not given them much thought. That is, until someone noted they also serve lunch.

Their dining area reminded me of a delicious tea room, though their tea selection is somewhat limited. This is a bakery first and foremost. But, baked goods don't just have to be of the sweet variety, as I soon found out.

Among the lunch items were various quiche, soups and salads. My waitress, a pretty young girl that also was running the register, noted there was one cup left of the day's soup, a curried pumpkin that she said was awesome. However, I had my eyes already focused on another treat: the Chicken Pot Pie.

Growing up, my exposure to pot pie was somewhat limited to what one found in the frozen food section at the supermarket. That is a very unfortunate background. It was not until many years later that I discovered how incredible a delicacy it could be when I enjoyed the fantastic pot pies made by Griggstown Quail Farm down in Franklin Township. That would be the barometer I would use for The Artist Baker's interpretation.

First came my small pot of Irish Breakfast. With a little Sugar in the Raw, it was delightful to just sit there and relax, as the waitress chatted with another employee.

Then arrived my lunch. It was clear, even before my fork broke through the puff pastry encapsulating the dish, that this was going to be good.

And, it was. Could it have had a little more chicken? Maybe. But, what it had in abundance was flavor. From the meat, to the vegetables, the carmelized pearl onions, to the white wine reduction in the sauce, to that sensational pastry top, this was a delicious and filling meal. And, at $10, a relatively inexpensive one for what you get.

Did The Artist Baker's pot pie beat Griggstown Quail Farm's deliciousness? To be honest, I cannot say. I'll just have to try them both again.

It's very nice to escape the flash and noise of some other elegant dining destinations. Wholesomeness and simplicity reign at The Artist Baker. May they long continue to do so.

Nina December 16, 2011 at 04:37 PM
This place is great. I was just there this week for the first time and going back today.
Kristen December 16, 2011 at 04:54 PM
I loveee the artist baker! I go there several times a week. They have the BEST coffee in Morristown by far! Their chocolate chip cookies are AMAZING, along with the rest of their desserts. Highly recommend the quiche and salads! Just ordered rice krispie treat favors for my company holiday party... can't wait!
Nina December 16, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Just went back--the peppermint Oreo cookie is amazing!! love this place
John December 18, 2011 at 02:58 PM
They do a high tea service - probably why it looks like a tea room.
Matt Giordano January 13, 2012 at 09:23 PM
My wife and I had lunch at the Artist Baker today and the experience was better than I expected. The hot chocolate was delicious, even though it arrived luke warm and had to be reheated. By the way, the marshmallows are home made and also delicious. I had the pot pie and my wife had the quiche. both were excellent! We split a mini lemon meringue pie...it was sweet and tasty :) Most noticeable and enjoyable was the absence of loud noise (music and table discussions). We learned that Artist Bakery has a monthly dinner for up to 40 people where we can meet people and have an enjoyable evening. We are looking forward to receiving an e-mail letting us know when the next dinner will be held.

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