I’ve been to the Grand Village Shops of Branson several times before, but I’ve definitely never noticed the small Sugar Leaf Bakery and Café. Easily overlooked, it’s tucked away with all the other unique stores in that area but I’d argue that it’s one of Branson’s best kept secrets.
Winner of Talk of the Town’s Excellence in Customer Satisfaction award, a 2013 Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor, and featured on the cover of 417 Bride, Sugar Leaf Bakery and Café shines as a premiere venue for handcrafted cakes and bakery items as well as delicious and filling meals.
In the middle of my work day, I visited Sugar Leaf to grab a quick lunch. The place wasn’t packed but there were several other customers inside, enjoying a peaceful lunch in the midst of the vintage décor that hung from the ceilings and walls.
Every inch of space in that restaurant was covered with something trendy and adorable; from intricately designed cakes on ornamented platters, menu items written on chalkboards bordered with adorned vintage frames, to dark wooden tables and lush, natural greenery. Even the napkin holder at my table was twisted into a beautiful iron design for just one more pop of flair.
The menu features a variety of signature Panini sandwiches, warm soups, distinctive salads, breakfast options like quiche, eggs and toast, as well as a menu just for kids. Of course, being a bakery, the dessert menu was a tempting and expansive list of cookies, cakes, cobblers and muffins.
I ordered a small cup of chicken and rice soup with the Spinach and Strawberry salad, warm, toasted ciabatta bread topped with baby spinach leaves, fresh strawberries, toasted slivered almonds and feta cheese, served with a side of poppy seed dressing made in house.
Table service was fast and when my food arrived it was neatly arranged on the rectangular plate — perfectly appetizing.
The salad was made with fresh, crisp ingredients, as the menu promised and my soup was creamy and filling, much to my delight. It was the perfect combination for a fall-ish feeling summer afternoon.
Sugar Leaf Bakery and Café also provides outdoor seating for customers, giving them the option to take advantage of the neatly set tables that sit just outside the front doors of the shop in the midst of the quaint shopping center.
I would recommend Sugar Leaf Bakery and Café for any kind of casual lunch, business lunch, event catering or even just as a pit stop to grab a sweet treat while you’re in Branson.
Sugar Leaf Bakery and Café is located inside the Grand Village Shops in Suite 211 at 2800 W. Hwy. 76, Branson, MO 65616, just down the street from the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre.
For more information or to see the full menu, visit http://www.sugarleaftreats.com/.