If you spend any time in a car in Los Angeles, inevitably you will drive by an 85°C Bakery Cafe. The awkwardly named store is a Taiwanese bakery that is making major inroads into the US and has quickly built a loyal fan base — and it’s understandable why.
When you first enter a 85°C Bakery Cafe you are overtaken by the smell. The scent is intoxicating and inviting — a harmonious blend of fresh baked bread, brewing bitter coffee, and buttery pastries. Following that are the sporadic calls of “fresh bread!” that emanate from staff who carry out trays lined with potato and cheese stuffed turnovers, hot dog rolls, and black squid ink garlic bread called “calamari sticks.”