As luck would have it, on our long, touristy drive back from Expo West in Anaheim, we were driving right by downtown Sacramento around lunchtime. We easily navigated our way to a restaurant that I had recently heard about: Pushkin’s Bakery. This little spot, in a mini modern enclave with a yoga studio and popular local coffee shop, is a dedicated gluten-free and dairy-free bakery that churns a surprising amount of goods out of such a small location.
We stopped in for lunch specifically, and took advantage of the sandwich menu board at Pushkin’s Bakery (they have a breakfast sandwich menu in the mornings, too). The service wasn’t extremely fast (they had quite the line, too!), but it was worth an extra few minutes wait for the delicious hot sandwiches that arrived.
Though I’m not gluten-free, I thought the bread was tasty and had a good texture, and I enjoyed the unique twist of the vegan Spicy Adult Grilled Cheese. It was actually more of a fresh sandwich with a generous layer of dairy-free cashew cheese and a definite kick. Tony ordered the Italian Getaway and muttered a satisfied “it’s good” as he devoured every last bite.
I was tempted to pick up a couple of baked goods to go while we were at Pushkin’s Bakery, but after several days of sweets tasting at the natural products show, I was able to resist. But they did tempt with a full case of treats – muffins, cookies, cupcakes, scones, bars, and much more (some of which are egg-free / vegan, too). They also take custom orders and make some very stunning cakes for birthdays, weddings and other special occasions.
Pushkin’s Bakery was started by a husband-wife duo, Olga and Danny, who also act as the head bakers in their visible kitchen. Just walk by and wave!
Location: 1820 29th St, Sacramento, CA 95816