The Washington Post gives a shout out to Birmingham’s The Essential + Bandit Patisserie

Can’t wait for patio weather in Birmingham. Photo via The Essential’s Facebook

Cue the delicious photos we all drool over on our Instagram feed. Local businesses and personal favorites, The Essential and Bandit Patisserie were recently featured in The Washington Post. Here’s why they were given a shout out by a national publication.

“Shorter menus, quicker meals — and ugly-delicious dishes”

You read that right. That’s the name of the article that Birmingham businesses, The Essential and Bandit Patisserie were featured in. The article takes a deep dive into the restaurant industry and how businesses around the US are continuing to handle changes brought on by the pandemic.

Around this time last year, the world had to put things on pause with thousands of restaurants closing their doors until new methods of dining were brainstormed.

For example, Bandit Patisserie pivoted to selling pre-ordered baked goods only from their location in Founders Station. Not only does it cut down on food waste, but it ensures they don’t use more resources than necessary in a time that’s already full of obstacles.

“Gone are the days when I baked hundreds of pastries and hope people arrive. Now they pre-order.”

Kristen Hall, pastry chef and co-owner, Bandit Patisserie + The Essential for The Washington Post

As for The Essential, like many restaurants, they’ve implemented socially-distant dining and upped their patio game. With heaters, wind-blocking curtains and some of the best brunch in town, they’ve got things figured out.

The Essential’s chef, Victor King, expressed how they had to “blow up the menu during the great pause” and pivot to “comforting things that travel well.”

For example, you wouldn’t want to order a steak to-go just to open up a soggy box 45 minutes later to eat it. So, their menu adopted more takeout inspired dishes like fried rice, pastas and sandwiches.

Support Birmingham’s Small Businesses

Victor King and Kristen Hall a.k.a the duo that makes delicious dishes + pastries. Photo via Stacy Allen
We ❤️ local and want to support you. If you own a local business, please add your information to our local business or our non-profit directory. It's where we will look first for up-to-date and relevant information on how the Birmingham community can support you right now.

Hungry? Check out our local business directory featuring over 700 restaurants, bars and businesses offering deals, curbside delivery and more.

Plan your next trip to The Essential and Bandit Patisserie located at Founders Station on Morris Ave.

Bandit Patisserie: Pre-orders only | Website | Instagram | Facebook

The Essential: Website | Instagram | Facebook

Follow Bham Now on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn, and sign up for our FREE Newsletter to get breaking news delivered to your inbox every day.


  • Chaise is a brunch-loving Content Producer and helps manage the Bham Now Instagram account.