CLOSED: Black Bear Bakery

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 9 reviews )



2639 Cherokee, St Louis, Missouri, USA, 63118

Bakery and cafe. Custom baking, European breads. Neighborhood brunch served on Saturday and Sunday. REPORTED CLOSED, JULY 2016. Open Tue-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-2:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Bakery

Reviews (9)

First Review by jaml730

avoid at all costs - Edit

Traveling South out of STL this was easy off and back on the highway, unfortunately that is about all this has going for it. They opened at 10, and we got there just after that. We walked in and the person seemed confused that we were there. There was no real indication that they were even open, other than the door being propped open. We asked about baked goods, everything was at least 1 day old. Nothing in their case was vegan. We ended up with a day old loaf of bread, it was ok, but really, sliced bread can be kind of boring when you are hungry and want something a little more substantial. Then there was the coffee. Just getting a to go cup from the worker was like pulling teeth. Then it wasn't hot, and the worker was ready to argue with us about the temperature of the coffee, it was clearly left over from the night before and sat in the air pot over night, luke warm at best. I'm down for radical co operative spaces, but this showed all of the bad points of that, weakest link in the chain or something. This might say 2 star, but I wish I could give a 0, and why won't happy cow let me rate something a 1? Big miss.

Pros: radical co-op space

Cons: cold coffee, no baked goods

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History, Nutrition, Art, and Community in ONE!! - Edit

Black Bear Bakery can boast a truly unique combination of assets to appeal to all sorts of customers -- foodies (vegetarian or not) will appreciate the fabulous breads and pastries; history buffs will love the building, the equipment, and the history of the recipes; locavores will love the way Black Bear supports the community in which they live; and there's always plenty of art and literature around the shop to read and enjoy. It's well worth the drive to Cherokee Street to visit this place, and don't worry about the neighborhood. It's vibrant and artsy but not particularly affluent, which doesn't mean there's a murderer on every corner. If variety isn't your thing, stay in the county, but if you appreciate tasty, substantial food and a fascinating, historic neighborhood (no strip malls here!), then add Black Bear Bakery to your favorites! Don't forget to try the house-made granola -- it's the best ever!

Pros: Great, hearty bread selections, Interesting location, Historic neighborhood

Cons: Sometimes a little slow

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Excellent Brunch Buffet - Edit

Black Bear is truly unique. If you're looking for that co-op, anarcho feel, this is the place for you. Home cooked vegan brunch is awesome and reasonably priced. Usually have good music too. We also buy all of our bread from this bakery as items are clearly labeled vegan. Winner!

Pros: good food, nice music, excellent bread

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Stay away from the brunch. - Edit

I agree, best vegan oatmeal cookies. However, their brunch is terrible. You never know what it is going to be or if the food will even be edible. Not worth the trip or the money. I love having vegan options in the Lou but ones like this give vegan a bad name.

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Black Bear Bakery - Edit

I love the breads from the Black Bear Bakery. They have tried off and on to pull together a luncheon menu, but beware. The food is fantastic, but it does take a little while to be served. I sent my secretary down for carry out and it took 2 hours for them to get it together for us. When she arrived she had to wait 45 minutes for them to cook up the veggie burgers. Love the place, LOVE their bread, great veggie burger. But....SLOW!

Pros: great food, great bread, friendly staff

Cons: Slow food service

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Definately worth a visit (or two) - Edit

Always worth picking up a loaf or two at the bakery or local farmer's markets. They've always got baked goods and a few vegan choices. They've also been serving a small menu in the cafe for a while now. Your best best for sampling their vegan and vegetarian offerings is to stop in for brunch on Saturdays. There is usually music, and certain days are set aside to support local radio in St. Louis. They also take pride in the community and are always supporting projects to improve Cherokee.

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vegan friendly bakery - Edit

I think this place is best used for vegan loafs of bread and two cookies. I think they might have a vegan brownie, too. They also have a small grocery shelf with a few essentials like soy milk, etc. However, if you want to place an order here I think they'll make you anything you can imagine that a bakery would make vegan! Very nice and the sourdough rye bread I got was amazing toasted!

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Vegan Oatmeal Cookies in St. Louis - Edit

Unfortunately I found this place about a month or so before I moved, so my experience here is rather limited. I've only had their Vegan bread and their Vegan oatmeal cookies. I think they're good and was delighted to have a place to purchase Vegan baked goods; however, I wouldn't write home about their stuff. However, as any St. Louisan knows, there aren't many options out there for Vegan baked be sure to try Black Bear Bakery - hopefully they add more snacks to their menu in the future. Also, I was told they will be supplying places like The Juicebox with baked goods, so be sure to visit them too.

If you're ever at the Soulard Farmers Market, be sure to look for their booth, they often bring those Vegan oatmeal cookies!

Cons: Not the greatest location

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Awesome Cookies - Edit

This place has really great vegan cookies. They have two varieties - peanut butter chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin. They also have a variety of vegan breads. I've tried many of them and they can be hit-or-miss. Sometimes the bread is really salty, especially the pumpernickel. They have a booth at the Soulard Farmer's market, which is really convenient!

Pros: Tasty cookies, Friendly staff

Cons: Questionable neighborhood, Cash only, Expensive

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