by Vince McManus
The Back Door Bakery has quickly become one of the most popular restaurants in Sunland Tujunga. Originally, we welcomed the bakery to our area in 2011. Its opening was highly anticipated, and it lived up to high expectations in its first incarnation. Only a couple of years later, however, the building that it occupied burned to the ground in a tragic fire. Some might argue that this fire was a gift of some kind.
About one year after the fire, the Back Door Bakery has reopened to the community with new life. Now much more of a full-service restaurant, the place is seeing huge crowds of customers from day to day.
We visited the Bakery on a Saturday afternoon. Upon arrival, I was shocked to find a dining area with a person in every chair, especially at around 3:30 p.m. Additionally, I was surprised by the atmosphere of the place. The beautiful blackboard menus, the mountain of pastries and breads on display as you walk in, the modern artistic features on the wall, the eclectic blend of music playing in the background; the list goes on. I can easily picture this place doing well in some place such as downtown Glendale.
As we stood in line, we were greeted by an employee who asked if we had any questions. We ordered pasta dishes to see how the non-bakery options were. We sat down and logged onto the speedy Wi-Fi for a few minutes, and our dishes were brought out to us. The food were good, both in taste and presentation. Portions were generous as well. Perhaps our only complaint relates to a blended vanilla coffee drink.
The coffee quickly separated from other ingredients, making it a bit difficult to drink. However, many of the other coffee drinks have been reviewed very well, so this is certainly not a deal-breaker.
Overall, the new Back Door Bakery is a fantastic addition to our community. My hope is that more establishments like it start popping up in town. It was a breath of fresh air, and Sunland-Tujunga deserves more like it.
I highly recommend it to anyone, and I will be returning soon.