Artisanal Miller’s Thumb Bakery delights Tonawanda in debut

Baking at Miller's Thumb Bakery starts with grinding flour

At Miller’s Thumb Bakery in Tonawanda, the baking begins with grinding flour.

In Minneapolis, Stephen Horton gained honors for his work at Rustica earlier than shifting east with Jill Colella, his spouse and enterprise companion. Which was how the previous location of the Kenmore Lecturers Federal Credit score Union turned probably the most outstanding new bakery in Buffalo.

At 258 Highland Parkway, Tonawanda, Miller’s Thumb Bakery & Café gives an array of bread, sweets and extra long-established painstakingly from flour milled onsite from Western New York grains.

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For greater than a decade, Horton has discovered methods to work with native wheat, milling it himself to fine-tune the small print. In Tonawanda, Miller’s Thumb continues to be shopping for flour to make delicate laminated vienoisserie like croissants, however Horton expects to dial that in, too, throughout the yr.

“Miller’s thumb” is a time period for the strategy of judging flour’s grain and moisture by rubbing it in an skilled palm. As a bakery, it goals to be greater than a dollars-and-cents-driven enterprise, however an academic connection to town’s historical past. “For us, it isn’t simply having a bakery, however one highlighting loudly and proudly the milling legacy of Buffalo,” Colella stated.

With a nod to the “My Metropolis Smells Like Cheerios” slogan, Miller’s Thumb gives a Cheerful Oat cookie ($1.75) made with house-ground oat flour that’s toasted earlier than it’s combined into cookie dough, leading to a good approximation of the Buffalo waterfront Common Mills cereal plant’s most-loved fragrant contributions.

Cease by of an Overwinter espresso and a scorching breakfast hoagie (egg, salami, pepperoni, provolone crimson pepper relish, aioli on hoagie roll, $8.50), or a Miller’s salad, of farro, maple-roasted carrots, pepitas, dried cranberries, with lemon-garlic dressing ($8.25).

Its “Great loaf” is a nod to Marvel Bread, one other big of Buffalo baking historical past. For $5.95, clients can get Horton’s loving homage made with Miller’s Thumb flour. It’s extra nutritious, however nonetheless comfortable as a kiss, and extra nutritious. They’ll even run it by means of the slicer free of charge.

Hours: 8 a.m. to five p.m. Wednesday by means of Saturday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday, Tuesday. Telephone: 716-364-6362. See the menu at


Alden BBQ outpost: This Little Pig, purveyors of barbecue and Americana with just a little one thing further in Clarence, are opening an Alden barbecue outpost.

At 13268 Broadway, Satellite tv for pc Barbecue will imply that a lot of individuals languishing in an barbecue desert will get to tuck into bacon ribs, fried rooster sandwiches, salads, and desserts, a group of This Little Pig’s can’t-miss favorites.

It’s going to be designed for takeout, however have just a few tables in entrance. Proprietors Jeff and Mandy Cooke hope to open Satellite tv for pc Barbecue in April. Learn extra

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Mister Dee’s provides Pakistani: You learn that proper. Mister Dee’s, the pubby household restaurant at 450 Seaside Street, Cheektowaga, identified for its barbecue and robust pours on the bar, was taken over by Pakistani restaurateurs final yr.

As Mister Dee’s Apna Dera, the restaurant now serves Mister Dee’s traditional dishes like fish fries, rooster wings, burgers, and Philly cheesesteaks.

It additionally serves a halal Pakistani menu, that includes quite a lot of grilled kababs, Pakistani-style curries like mutton karahi, and a full lineup of made-to-order bread, together with whole-wheat griddled parathas and 7 varieties of naan, fired within the tandoor oven.

There’s additionally a full bar, which makes Mister Dee’s Apna Dera the uncommon Western New York restaurant that may serve each alcoholic drinks and meals that conform to Islamic dietary restrictions.

Telephone: 716-839-9440. Take a look at the menu at apnadera.web.


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