Clarence Hollow is not my usual stomping grounds, but a reader recommended I check out McDuffies Bakery, and so I ventured east on Main Street one recent Friday afternoon for lunch with the girls. Located in a wood-shingled building, there is parking in front and a couple of tables in the sun if you wish to dine outside. Inside, there is quaint seating for approximately 12. Servers take your order and you pay at the counter.
McDuffies is a bakery first and a breakfast/lunch destination second. Its brochure claims it bakes half a million cookies per week, using more than 4,000 pounds of butter and 3 tons of flour. By the tempting looks of the clam-shell shortbreads, I can understand why they ship far and wide. McDuffies offers a selection of “take home and bake” entrees ($6.99-$8.99), pot pies ($11.95-$14.95) and deep dish pizzas ($5.49) plus plenty of desserts and unique artisan breads.
Help yourself to the soup. McDuffies has sampler cups available if you can’t decide between one of four homemade options. I opted for a small portion of the Roasted Red Pepper with Seafood ($4.49). The soup was piping hot and served with a warm, freshly baked roll. It had a creamy texture and deep flavor. It also was chock-full of seafood – crab, shrimp and clam present in every spoonful.
Irene chose the Mayan Wrap with a side of chicken salad ($7.99). Turkey, pepperjack cheese, bacon, tomato, blue cheese and chipotle mayo had both a rich bite and kick. Her side of chicken salad included walnuts and dried cranberries and tasted more like chicken than mayo – a huge plus.
Theresa decided on the Goodrich sandwich with a side of Greek pasta salad ($7.99). The boneless chicken breast was topped with provolone and a stuffed banana pepper and served on a baked roll. The chicken was a tad dry, maybe the result of being precooked earlier in the day and reheated on the grill. After a few bites, it was deconstructed on her plate as she enjoyed the pepper.
We couldn’t leave without sampling dessert. The rich chocolate brownie ($2.99) was covered in chocolate frosting with chopped walnuts and could easily satisfy two people. The peanut butter blast ($3.49) was a notable creation. Chocolate cake was filled with peanut butter cream and mounded with whipped cream, peanut butter sauce, chocolate drizzle and chopped peanut butter cups. It was a small mountain of goodness for a few to share.
McDuffies Bakery was established in 1976 and has been creating quality baked goods ever since. I wish I discovered it sooner. It’s worth a visit to dine in or take out, but don’t forget the dessert.
Where: 9920 Main St., Clarence (759-8510, www.mcduffies.com)
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday.