Way down 55, right before you reach RTP, is Good, Better, Best Desserts and Cafe, Durham’s newest bakery. Although they aren’t going to take much business from Guglhupf, their healthy approach and inventive cookies are a welcome change of pace.
They’re still trying to get the word out, so their selection is currently limited to sandwiches, muffins, and cookies. We went for the banana pecan and carob chip muffins, a handful of cookies, and some super-spicy ginger tea.
Since she doesn’t use any refined sugar, additves, etc., the muffins are a bit drier and denser than what you’d normally expect. The honey yogurt or carrot currant muffins sound like they would work better than the more straightforward ones we ordered.
I really enjoyed the cookies, especially the molasses and date nut turtle ones. These aren’t huge, soft cookies — in fact, the granola cookie is more of an energy bar — but the “healthy” bakery angle works best for the less sweet items.
They also serve corned beef, pastrami, and turkey sandwiches from 11-3, for $8.50 a piece. All in all, Good, Better, Best reminded me a lot of Bull City Bakery, but without one killer item like BCB’s pound cake. That being said, if you’re in the area, stop by and pick up some tea and cookies. You can also call ahead and place an order for cakes and pies, including carrot cake, cheesecake, and what has to be a first for Durham, butternut squash pie. Have you guys had this before?
Good, Better, Best Desserts and Cafe (map)
Tuesday – Friday: 8 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday