UTICA, N.Y. - A popular menu item at the bakery Utica Bread has caught the eye of a food and wine publication.
A writer for FoodandWine.com loves Utica Bread’s chocolate croissants. "The best chocolate croissants you'll eat all year is hiding out at a bakery in mostly-overlooked Utica," the author wrote.
The author made a pit stop in Utica while traveling the NYS Thruway. In the article, he said he was craving coffee and stumbled upon Utica Bread in the process. While he was there, he discovered shop’s chocolate croissants.
It would seem he loved them so much that he decided to write about it, while also highlighting the rest of the city. Utica Bread’s owner was pleased to read the article.
"I don’t think you can write an article about Utica Bread without also talking about Bagg’s Square or the revitalization of downtown Utica or the Tailor in the Cook and Utica Coffee, Bite, Ocean Blue,” Tim Hartiman said. “I feel like we’re just all interconnected.”
The FoodandWine.com article honed in on Utica's economic struggles and its slow climb back. It also doesn't hold back on the fact that Utica is still a work in progress.
For generations, Utica was the sort of place you left, and the sooner the better—this is a city that now has fewer inhabitants than it did more than a century ago, a city that has shed nearly half of its peak population, recorded in 1950. Let's be fair, though—even in its diminished state, there were still plenty of reasons to appreciate Utica. Leftover from the boom times, you had some pretty stellar architecture, and some great food as well, thanks to the very old—and enduring—Italian and Middle Eastern immigrant communities.
About a decade ago, things began to change. The state stopped resettling large groups of refugees in New York City, opting instead for cheaper cities like Utica, and for the first time in ages, the population here inched upward, just the tiniest little bit. These days, Utica feels remarkably, well, perhaps not entirely alive, not yet, but at least no longer left for dead. In fact, within a stone's throw of the intersection of Genesee and Oriskany Streets, the rather less than grand entrance to downtown, you now have a weekend's worth of eating and drinking to do. There is the Oneida County Public Market, held at Union Station on Saturdays, complimented by the Genesee Street Market on Fridays, in front of the state office building. Nearby, you have the Saranac Brewery, some very good bars, breakfast at Craylee's, Lebanese at Zeina's, and Vietnamese at Pho Mekong.
You can read the entire article here: FoodandWine.com.
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