PATCHOGUE VILLAGE

Hometown Bake Shop serves up serious good eats - our review

The new store expands on its Centerport headquarters

By GLENN ROHRBACKER
Posted 11/14/19

The new store expands on its Centerport headquarters

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PATCHOGUE VILLAGE

Hometown Bake Shop serves up serious good eats - our review

The new store expands on its Centerport headquarters

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Danna Abrams and the Hometown Bake Shop started in Centerport, and its array of baked goods and sandwiches has been brought to Patchogue. The menu comes from Abrams’s own life: her childhood influences, her family dishes and her own personal taste.

Hometown Bake Shop, located on Havens Avenue in Patchogue, serves up a variety of foods that would satisfy different palates. The signature meal is a savory pie, which comes in several flavors and themes. The pies are inspired by typical dishes but reworked to fit inside a pie. (Doesn’t pie make everything better?)

Abrams told us she works with these traditional recipes to create new options that satisfy customers. Her and her staff’s love for food has helped to create some unique dishes at the shop. And Abrams’s dedication to good food has led to her and her staff’s creating almost every dish from scratch, and it shows in the homemade taste across the menu.

OUR EXPERIENCE

We tried a little bit of everything Hometown Bake Shop had to offer, and not one thing disappointed. For our breakfast moods, we tried an egg, sausage and cheese biscuit, modeled after one of Abrams’s childhood favorites: egg-in-toast. In a homemade biscuit, you’ll find a hollowed-out middle stacked with a sausage patty, an egg and a light topping of cheese. The biscuit is rich, soft and stable, which gives it a homemade feeling. It’s one of the best breakfast sandwiches we’ve seen in Patchogue.

To level up your breakfast or lunch sandwich game, you can try making your own with a variety of options. On the particular day we were there, we were served an egg sandwich loaded with pork, avocado and melted Gruyere cheese, brought together by an over-medium egg. This sandwich also has homemade bread, with a flavor similar to an English muffin but the shape and the texture of a white bread — another original creation. The sandwich was a loaded breakfast if we’ve ever had one, though be prepared to need a lot of napkins for this beautiful mess.

One of the features of Hometown Bake Shop is its many versions of pie. We tried the Rainbow Pie and the Nonna. The Rainbow Pie — stacked with beets, potato, squash, spinach and peppers in the colors of a rainbow — is great for veggie lovers. The Nonna — stacked with sausage, sauce, ziti, cheese and salami — pays homage to Abrams’s Italian side, But how were the crusts of these unique pies? Excellent. Abrams has developed a great recipe that keeps the inside of the pie intact and delivers great flavor on the crust. Ripping off a crust-only piece reminds you why you went for the pie in the first place: well-seasoned, soft dough with a slight outside crisp.

Hometown Bake Shop also has many options for satisfying a sweet tooth. Start with the Birthday Cake Scone. This towering pastry is colorful and delicious, with a crumbly outside and a soft interior. It’s topped with a scratch-made cream cheese icing. If you want one of their dessert bars, go for the Pumpkin Pie Bar (though hurry up before it’s gone) or the S’mores Bar. The S’mores comes with a base layer of graham cracker, over an inch of rich chocolate and a brulee of marshmallow topping. The chocolate, incredibly decadent and flavorful, was the highlight for us.

THANKSGIVING

Hometown Bake Shop is currently taking orders for Thanksgiving pies, which are all made to order. There are also Thanksgiving savory pies and quiches available. Contact the shop to place an order at 631-654-1102.

Shop hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday–Thursday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday–Saturday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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