Usually this time of year affords great fall foliage viewing at the lake. Instead, we were treated to several days of rain. Sometimes there was drizzle, but more often it was steady rain and flood warnings. There were plenty of opportunities to shop at the outlet mall, play skeeball and drive bumper cars, cook elaborate meals and enjoy the company of friends. On our last morning at the lake, we ventured out in a torrential downpour to On The Rise Bakery at our friend’s suggestion.
On the Rise was warm and welcoming on a wet day. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a French farmhouse and the aroma of fresh pastries and coffee invited us in. Not many folks had braved the weather, seating was immediately available. We ordered breakfast (an omelet for me, famed Eggs Benedict in several varieties for everyone else) and beignets, served with a raspberry melba sauce that On the Rise is known for. Our last attempt at beignets was in Little Rock and they were not fried to order. This was a much better experience!
The beignets immediately brought to mind visits to Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. The smell was similar and the dough had the same texture. No gluten for me, so I skipped the beignet but not the raspberry melba sauce. That sauce was delicious and I drizzled my fresh fruit with it. I think it would be good drizzled on about anything, maybe even cardboard. It was really tasty.
I really enjoyed breakfast at On the Rise and their beignets were a nice addition to my donut adventures. I hope to eat there again, maybe lunch on their patio on a sunny day. Or maybe just a quick trip in to get a few goodies from their bakery case…