Lititz, PA

Whoever Invented the French Toast Bagel is a Genius - Eating Lunch at Zig's Bakery in Lititz, PA

Sara Melissa Frost

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Zig's Bakery, Lititz, PAPhoto by Sara Melissa Frost

French toast bagels - what a tasty surprise. I have lived in the United States for a little over four years, and until last week, I had no idea there was anything such as French toast bagels. I went out for lunch at Zig's Bakery in Lititz, PA, and ordered this specialty bagel with bacon, eggs, lettuce, and tomato. The mix of flavor and the sweetness from the maple syrup-infused bagel was surprisingly flavorful. I usually go for the savory bagels but I'm definitely ordering this one again. In my opinion, whoever invented the French toast bagel is a genius.

Farm-style cafe featuring old recipes

It was also my first time at Zig's Bakery & Cafe, a spacious farm-style cafe a few minutes outside the center of Lititz, PA. The cafe is located inside Brick Gables, an old barn turned into a beautiful and rustic event venue.

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Zig's Bakery & Cafe features a laidback, casual seating area with a large variety of breakfast and lunch food. There are sandwiches, soups, salads, and a dessert section it's impossible to walk by without purchasing anything.

The owner Brandon Ziegler strives to provide a variety of tasty food using fresh and local ingredients. Almost everything you find behind the counter is made from scratch in their kitchen.  Some of their recipes such as dinner rolls and Moravian Sugarcake, are over 50 years old, having been passed down from his parent's bakeshop, Minnich's Farm Bakery.

Family business

Minnich's Farm Bakery opened in 1970 at a farmhouse in Lititz. In 2006 Ziegler put his business degree and culinary skills into practice and started growing the business. After a year of ownership, he changed the name to Zig's Bakery and Deli. A few years later, when conditions at the old house became a concern, he started looking for a new location and ended up partnering with his parents to renovate the old barn on Newport Road, giving it new life.

Brick Gables opened in 2015 along with the new location for Zig's and has since then been a popular breakfast and lunch spot among locals in Lititz.

Zig's Bakery & Cafe is located at 800 E. Newport Road Lititz, PA 17540.

They can also be found at Central Market at 23 N. Market Street in downtown Lancaster city, Lebanon Farmers Market at 35 S. 8th Street Lebanon, PA 17042, and The Market at Wilbur in downtown Lititz. The Wilbur Market is located inside the old Wilbur chocolate factory.

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