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 bakery that churns a surprising amount of dairy-free and gluten-free 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.
This used to be a dedicated dairy-free bakery, but they added dairy cheese as an option for their sandwiches.
All of our pastries are 100% dairy free. But, small catch. While our sandwiches are dairy free we do offer dairy cheese as an option. So if you order a sandwich without any options or modifications its going to come dairy free, naturally. You can add dairy cheese if you would like though. We have separate trays/utensils/prep procedures when a sandwich with dairy shows up on the que. Bottom line, because of the dairy cheese option, we’re not a 100% dairy free facility.
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!
Where to Find Pushkin’s Bakery
Location: 1820 29th St, Sacramento, CA 95816 and 1220 Roseville Parkway, Roseville, CA
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I was disappointed that they added dairy cheese to their menu, since it’s so hard to find a truly dairy-free establishment. But it looks like they are using protocols to keep it clear of the other foods – but seriously, what is the point of adding it then? That said, the DAIRY-FREE sandwiches with their vegan cheese are delicious. Both my husband and I truly enjoyed them – full of flavor. We haven’t tried the pastries, but I hear they are amazing.