Have your cake and eat it too: a bakery goes beyond the sweet stuff

This is the front seating area of Fluff Bakery.
This is the front seating area of Fluff Bakery.

On the sidewalk outside of 8 North Court Street rests a colorful and inviting sign on an easel. It urges a hungry or thirsty passerby to stop inside Fluff Bakery to enjoy one of the daily specials that’s written in fluorescent pink and green marker. Driven by my curiosity—and guilty sweet tooth—I couldn’t help but take a peek inside during the fall of my freshman year.

I fell in love with Fluff that day. Though I’ve been there more than a dozen times, I still have a difficult time deciding what exactly I want to order. The clear display cases and shelves tempt me with assortments of cookies, cupcakes, elaborate pastries, cakes and cannolis. I want it all. After I settle on a baked good, I almost always need a cup of coffee to wash it down with. They offer a spectacular array of roasts and flavors from Silver Bridge Coffee; I personally recommend Jamaican Me Crazy, which is infused with caramel, hazelnut and Kahlua.

The bakery sells a wide variety of coffee drinks (and they now serve cocktails and wine too)!
The bakery sells a wide variety of coffee drinks (and they now serve cocktails and wine too)!

Fluff Bakery also serves up some tasty breakfast and lunch options. I have yet to try the Fluffhead Sandwich, but I’m a big fan of their BBQ Pork Business Biscuit. Barbecue sauce is not exactly a common condiment on the breakfast table, but this monster of a sandwich left me full until dinnertime. Bonus: the meals are made-to-order, so they’re hot every time.

This place is a favorite of mine because everything is reasonably priced and the quality is unbeatable; Fluff sources their ingredients from local suppliers such as Snowville Creamery. The seating is great too—customers can people watch at the bar stools along the window or sit down at a table toward the back of the store if they’re looking to snag a quieter study spot.

I highly recommend checking out their Instagram to catch up on daily specials and other promotions, such as Pie Day Friday (free coffee with a slice of their featured pie when it’s eaten in-store). But one tip… don’t scroll through their pictures when hunger strikes.

For an all-out splurge, try one of their Monster Cookie Sammies.
For an all-out splurge, try one of their Monster Cookie Sammies.

Pumpkin spice lattes: Athens style

Love Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Check out the coffee crawl Backdrop magazine did and read about the eclectic varieties three of Athens’ local coffee shops offer. The typical warm, coffee-inspired latte is too mainstream for Athens, see what Donkey Coffee, Fluff Bakery and Court Street Coffee have created instead.