The following post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.
Things are looking up here in Kentucky (pandemic-wise), so I am very happy to be able to bring you a new #LocalFoodieFriday post! While many have been leaning heavily into takeout, I’ve been making more meals at home to save money. Something like my Better Than Taco Bell’s Spicy Potato Soft Tacos is just as quick and cheaper than driving to the store to pick up some food. But now that things are turning around, eating out is less of a concern for my wallet and my health. I even feel safe enough after my vaccinations to travel and visit with friends, which is how I ended up on the front step of The Futile Bakery in Lexington.
Ever since they opened, I’ve been dying to try one of The Futile Bakery’s famous cinnamon rolls. Owner Daniel King (of the Food Networks’ Christmas Cookie Challange) realized his dream of opening a bakery in the middle of a pandemic, and the support was instantaneous. I watched on Instagram as they sold out daily in their early days, not able to keep up with the demand of the proud community support for local businesses that I know Lexington for. They’ve grown since then and added employees and menu items, longer hours, and consistent quality that has kept them booming. Having lived in Lexington during college, I keep a close tab on the food scene there and was dying for a chance to try this place. Finally, the stars aligned and I was given a reason to be in Lexington over a weekend. It was time.
I made it in an hour before closing on Sunday, which was DANGEROUS. Obviously no bakery wants waste so like all good bakeries, they operate on a system of “it’s here until it’s not.” We managed to snag the last lemon blueberry scone AND the last experimental coffee cake cookie, so I was feeling hella lucky. If you want the pick of the day’s treats, make sure to get there early. The staff was so kind and seem genuinely excited to see us. Their social media presence gives the impression that the small crew is close-knit, kind, and happy to provide Lexington with freshly-baked treats. I’m glad to say that in this instance, real life actually matches social media.
Amongst my party of friends, we had cinnamon rolls, dark chocolate peanut butter cookies, lemon scones, coffee cake cookies, and chocolate salted caramel macarons. The flavors change periodically, so keep an eye on their social media to see what’s on offer for any given week. When I went last week there were Apple Pie rolls, and this week features the debut of bourbon pecan sticky buns – how I wish I lived in town so I could try something new every week!
There is nothing to nitpick here. The cinnamon rolls deserve their notoriety and the scones were perfectly crumbly. Upon trying his dark chocolate peanut butter cookie, my Lexingtonian friend said it was dangerous and that he needs it weekly now. And the macarons? They didn’t even make it out of the car and into the house on the drive home. Speaking honestly this is one of the best bakeries I’ve ever been to, and I truly regret not living closer so I could visit almost daily. Though in retrospect, perhaps that’s best for my wallet and waistline!
Remember that attitude of support for local businesses that I mentioned Lexington had? It’s not just for the public – businesses love to support each other too. Lacking an in-house roastery, The Futile Bakery provides coffee from Lussi Brown Coffee Bar, as well as selling whole-bean coffee from Magic Beans Roasters and Manchester Coffee Co. The partnership goes the other way as well, with The Futile Bakery having baked goods available down the street at Leestown Coffee House. Louisville has a sense of community, sure. But the Lexington spirit of collaboration and support just can’t be beat, and it warms my heart to see.
I’m already looking forward to my next trip to The Futile Bakery, and I hope it’s soon. I’ll make sure to come early so that I don’t run the risk of losing out. I’ll bring all my friends. And most importantly, I’ll bring an appetite. Maybe I’ll see you there! Until next time, here’s to good drinking, great eating, and even better living.
The Futile Bakery is located at 399 Waller Ave., St. 130, Lexington, KY.
Hours are 6am – 1pm W-F, 8am – noon Sa-Su, closed M-T.