Two years ago I was so excited when Mason Dixon Bakery opened here in Huntsville. Delicious desserts that were totally gluten-free! And Fresh! I didn’t think I could ask for more. Then I tried their biscuits and breakfast was never the same. Even Paul loves their biscuits (which says a lot since he’s still eating gluten). Then a few months ago they announced that they would be not only moving but expanding. No longer would Mason Dixon just be a place to drop by and pick up your favorite baked goods, but they would offer a full menu for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner!
This week Mason Dixon Bakery & Bistro finally opened in their new location at the corner of Whitesburg Drive and Bob Wallace Ave. They have completely remodeled a cute little house that has served a number of businesses over the years (I’m sure at some point someone even lived there) to offer a full dining experience. During the day you order at the counter and they bring your food out to you (fast casual), but in the evening it’s full service and the food is fitting of full service.
Breakfast at Mason Dixon Bakery & Bistro begins at 7am and includes everything from breakfast sandwiches (on your choice of gluten-free bread or biscuit) made with their house-made bacon, Paleo Frittata, quiche, to a selection of new muffins, and more. Lunch offers a variety of sandwiches, soups, and salads. I’d share the picture of the amazing burger I had for lunch but I had eaten half of it before I even thought about taking a picture. Of course, they have options for everything, offering Paleo bread, goat cheese, and other options to make your sandwiches dairy-free, Paleo, and Vegan (as needed). Just ask.
Dinner service is available Wednesday through Saturday with some amazing offerings. On our first visit I tried the Paleo crabcake (which is also dairy-free), the Sweet Potato and Carrot soup (also Paleo, DF, and Vegan), and the Fish and Chips. The Crabcake was different from I expected, it’s a mix of crab and shrimp and didn’t seem to have any breading. It was pretty much all crab and shrimp. It tasted great just be aware that it may not be what you are used to. The Sweet Potato and Carrot soup was delicious. It was so full of fresh carrot flavor. I will just say that unless they reduce the portion size don’t plan on eating a whole bowl yourself and eating the rest of your meal. I had to push it away after half the bowl or I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat my Fish and Chips. Speaking of the Fish and Chips, WOW! The Fish was tender and flaky and the breading was perfect. The fish was served with a lemon sauce and house-made sweet-potato and beat chips. The chips were excellent although I did feel the need to add a little salt to them (sweet potato chips can be rather sweet). I finished my meal with a piece of Mason Dixon’s awesome carrot cake (which was the only thing that wasn’t dairy-free). Their carrot cake is just amazing. I couldn’t finish it but I wasn’t about to let it go to waste, so half of it went home in a box with me.
Of course, I didn’t dine alone. Hubby was with me and ordered all the things I’d debated over (I think he did it just to make me jealous). He enjoyed and made me totally jealous with the stuffed mushrooms. He did let me have a bite and I have to say I could eat those for a meal, they were so yummy. He also ordered the pecan crusted pork chop. He gave me a bite of that, too and WOW! I’ll be going back for that (and everything else on the menu). The pork loin was so tender and juicy, and was served with a baked apple and mac & cheese. He didn’t enjoy the mac and cheese so much, but I tried it and thought it was yummy (very cheesy – ok, I guess the carrot cake wasn’t the only non-dairy-free thing I ate). For dessert he had the chocolate Torte. I highly recommend splitting that dessert (well any of the desserts if you’ve just eaten a full meal). It is SO RICH! He said he couldn’t have eaten it without whipped cream because it’s so rich, but somehow he did manage to eat the whole thing.