Dish of the Week: Village Bakery’s Huevos Rancheros

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Photo by Hannah Klein

The Village Bakery and Café is an oasis of comfort on East State Street. The front display case shows dozens of freshly baked treats, and behind the counter is a warm, bustling kitchen.

In addition to pastries, there are several brunch options available during the week. The Village Bakery prides itself on using almost all organic and local ingredients that come together to create a blend of flavors that will rock your brunch. In a community where wholesome, natural foods are important to many, the Village Bakery is the perfect spot to grab a meal.

The Sunday morning brunch menu has a full range of breakfast and lunch options from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and one of their biggest hits is the Huevos Rancheros. Two High Bottom Farm eggs cooked over easy blanket a mix of baked Shagbark Seed and Mill corn polenta and beans. Polenta is fried dough made from cornmeal, and provides a warm, hearty base for the eggs above. Fresh tomato salsa, roasted onions, sautéed greens, sweet bell peppers, sweet corn, and Laurel Valley cheese complete the dish, and a choice of chicken sausage, pinto beans, roasted potatoes, seasonal fruit, toast, or salad greens on the side gives the meal endless possible combinations.

We chose to add fruit presented in a beautiful floral arrangement and freshly cooked potatoes seasoned with herbs. To complement this hearty breakfast, add a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and a steaming cup of fair trade coffee.

“We try to design meals that show off the best our region has to offer, and breakfast is a great opportunity for us to provide something local for every craving,” Christine Hughes, owner of the Village Bakery and Café, says. “Our customers really appreciate this brunch option.”

The Huevos Rancheros are Hughes’ favorite brunch item, and she recommends paring it with a cup of Ridge Runner coffee.

This delectable option is offered every Sunday, but if the Huevos aren’t your cup of tea, try the Breakfast Pizza of the Day—an egg and cheese combination with additional ingredients chosen by the chef. Village Bakery also offers an egg and cheese sandwich, quiche, and granola for a more traditional breakfast, as well as sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts for later in the day.

The Village Bakery and Café is located at 268 E State St. They can be reached at (740)594-7311 or online at dellazona.com

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