Breads on Oak opened their doors last Friday for the first of their Friday and Saturday summer soft opening hours. While the full selection of delectables is not yet available, if what they are presently offering is any indication of what is to come, this may very well be the best European style bakery in New Orleans. There was plenty to enjoy, even with the limited menu: absolutely gorgeous multigrain country loaves, lovely baguettes, olive provence loaves, gruyere cheese bread, cinnamon coffee cake, pecan brownies, chocolate walnut and oatmeal raisin cookies to die for and the muffins: blueberry lemon, date nut rye, strawberry vanilla and pineapple coconut (most of which are vegan and made with organic fresh fruits and whole grains). It really didn’t seem very “limited” at all.
Proprietors, the lovely couple Sean and Chamain O’Mahony, greeted customers with big smiles and delivered the goods to high praise. The O’Mahonys are overjoyed to have found such an ideal Oak Street location. Said the Mrs, “[Oak Street] feels like old New Orleans. I grew up here and this is the last of the funky New Orleans Streets that feels like a real neighborhood. Everyone’s been welcoming. It’s so homey. Everyone knows each other”. So true.
Sean explained to me that New Orleans was once well-known around the world for its breads. His aim with Breads on Oak is to reclaim the city’s reputation as a renowned bread city. He’s off to a good start. Personally, I cannot wait for the croissants and pain au chocolate to arrive. In the meantime, there are enough mouth-watering, authentic baked goods here to keep me busy for quite some time–everything baked fresh daily in state of the art equipment. This place will be a habit.