Saffron Cafe & Bakery has been serving Charleston locals since 1986. It was opened to provide quality baked goods for its two sister restaurants, but quickly became the favorite bakery for locals. The owners’ Persian roots and taste for international goods brings in an abundant selection of hard to find groceries like pickles imported from Jerusalem, grape leaves from Lebanon, lamb from Australia, dates from California and the Middle East, and Harrisa sauce from Algeria to name a few. Over the years, local favorites such as she-crab soup and shrimp & grits have become permanent fixtures on the menu, making Saffron a true fusion of food from around the globe with Lowcountry favorites. To prepare for a menu of its diversity, Saffron demands a team of chefs and prep cooks to work around the clock. 1/3 of its space is dedicated to the kitchen, and in its third year, another location had to be acquired to handle the added demand. Finally, a 10,000 sq. ft. space was refurbished to house 24-hour production of freshly baked goods which are delivered daily to local hotels and restaurants. The cafe’s recent remodel included an outdoor patio, a game court and a wood-burning oven which brought back locally missed whole-wheat pizza from a Saffron sister restaurant into the daily menu.
We are honored to have become a part of so many Charleston families’ traditions, whether dining-in or taking home a Saffron cake for a special birthday, and hope to continue with the next generation.
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