A simple loft-style eatery that offers not so simple tastes, Bad Wolf Bakery and Bistro is a family-owned and operated establishment born late November in 2014 on NW Wall Street. This café-style bakery and bistro is known for its unique interpretations of classic breakfast and lunch plates, as well as cocktails, coffees and homemade pastries. Eggs Benedict, but with a bacon and avocado version? On a scone? What? Insane. Order two.
The dining area, although cozy, offers a variety of seats making breakfast for two just as available as brunch for six. The menu is seasonal and the ingredients are as locally sourced as possible. Each table is equipped with utensils and an interactive area near the entrance allows for easy access to meal and cocktail menus as well as self-serve water and condiments. Ordering is done at the counter, which allows for an opportunity to pick out something sweet for later after eating something savory. In not-too-long, a smiling server will deliver the order.
The staff is genuinely friendly and seems to want to produce a pleasant product and experience. Co-owner Breezie Dueber sites her family's (and co-owners) love for hospitality to be the driving force in hand-selecting those they hire to represent their brainchild. "We are really into taking care of people," says Dueber.
Frequent diners Destiny Kopal and Tempest Carvalho echo this sentiment. Boasting Bad Wolf's welcoming environment is to be topped only by the tastes created in the kitchen. Making noises that could easily pass as sensual, Kopal apologizes for the auditory erotica, claiming them to be involuntary, "I'm a verbal eater." Her dining companion sits unfazed as discussion of licking the plate is briefly and seriously considered.
Just as Bend continues to grow and make its mark in the world, Bad Wolf has also evolved to what it is today. Having started off serving dinner, the Duebers honed their talents and scratched the final meal of the day from their offerings to put their focus on the foods and drinks catering to an earlier crowd. This awareness and adaptability is much needed in this cut-throat business where the majority of restaurants fail within the first year. Dueber will be first to admit that there have been some trying moments for the family, which were quickly turned into opportunities to learn from. "We are very positive people," says Dueber. "We make it work."
Bad Wolf Bakery and Bistro
1133 NW Wall St., Suite 100, Bend
Open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.