Courtesy of Coleman Communications

REVIEW — Moonbelly Bakery

By Michael P Coleman,

You know that you’ve stumbled across a winner when you arrive at a location and people are standing outside, braving a chilly late winter rain, just to get in.

Well, “chilly” is relative — this is Sacramento, California, after all — but the point is the food at Moonbelly Bakery promised to be great, as the line of people waiting outside just to get in was almost 20 deep.

Maybe that score of hungry people wondered whether Moonbelly would be sold out of one of their mouthwateringly delicious sandwiches: either the ham & cheese melt or the veggie.

Maybe they regretted not arriving earlier this Saturday — Moonbelly is open for business Friday-Sunday 8am-1:30pm — and feared they wouldn’t get to savor a slice of either of their daily, featured breads: today’s were Persimmon Whiskey or Banana (complete with chocolate chips).

Maybe they thought about the cookie that they might have to substitute for the decadent Peanut Butter Mazapan, all of which might be already in the bellies of those who got up and got to Moonbelly Bakery just a little bit earlier.

I doubt that they’d miss the coffee, if Moonbelly by some chance was out of the quite pedestrian pick-me-up beverage. That said, who goes to bakery for the coffee, really?


At Moonbelly Baker, the baked goods are the unequivocal stars of the show.

On the way out, I heard a customer gushing over the chocolate croissant that she’d managed to nab, before that basket emptied out for the day.

Next time, Moonbelly.

Next time.


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