I'm relatively new to the Clemson area but I had heard some good things about the Village Baker and Cafe from co-workers, so when my wife suggested we try it for brunch today it seemed like a good idea.
Good is an understatement. From the warm greeting when we walked in the door to the free bag of cookies to all the wonderful food in between, this was a most pleasant surprise.
The brunch is buffet style, but the staff hustles to keep the trays filled and all the hot dishes were hot. The selection is extensive - and eclectic. It's a mix of standard breakfast fare (scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, home fries), Greek/Mediterranean appetizers and lunch dishes (meatballs, hummus, Greek salad, baba ghanoush, butter fish) with a wonderful shrimp and grits included for good measure because ... well, it's South Carolina.
Do your best not to completely fill up on the appetizers, salads and entrees, because the dessert selections - all of which are sold in the bakery portion of the shop - are varied and plentiful. The baklava was just the right sweetness and the chocolate dipped strawberries were huge and ripe with flavor. There's something here for everyone, especially if you like cakes and cookies.
The service was warm and attentive, even though the place was packed. This seems to be a family affair and we left wishing we had a Greek aunt and uncle who could cook like this.
The restaurant is only open for Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., so it takes a bit of planning but it's worth it. Go on a wonderful spring day like today and you can head down the road tot he South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University and walk off your delicious - and filling - meal.
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