Breakfast at the Bakehouse

Delicious options to kick off the day.

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Like many of us, I have a morning routine, a set of motions I go through each day without much thought or effort. My current schedule allows me a little more leeway to get to work on Thursday mornings, so I figured it would be a good day to switch things up and take another route to work. While I was at it, I could really switch things up, and order breakfast from the Scottish Bakehouse on State Road. I checked the menu online, and saw the option for online ordering, which makes it easier for me to decide.

After reading through my options, I picked out an egg sandwich with linguica, pepper jack cheese, plantains, and caramelized onions on multigrain. Linguica is a spicy Portuguese sausage, and pepper jack has a little kick, so I figured this would be a great morning wake-up. I also picked out a breakfast burrito with egg, cheese, refried beans, salsa, guacamole, shredded potatoes, and I added spinach. Before finishing my online order, I added a blondie cookie bar; it would make a good snack.

I live in Oak Bluffs, so I decided to go through Vineyard Haven up the hill onto State Road. I spotted the yellow Scottish flag with a lion on it from the road, and I am glad I did, because the building is set back; if you weren’t paying attention you might whiz right by.

I picked up my order and brought it outside to sit at the picnic tables in front. I opened up the egg sandwich and the burrito — maybe it was the crisp March morning air, but they were literally steaming. I took a bite of each, both so delicious in their own ways. The burrito was so light and fresh, without an ounce of added grease; the baby spinach added to the healthy taste. On the contrary, the egg sandwich had cheese oozing out of it. Between the two, I decided to finish the egg sandwich. The multigrain toast was soft, and I liked that it didn’t scrape the roof of my mouth when I ate it. The spice from the pepper jack cheese and linguica was complemented by the sweet flavors from the plantains and the caramelized onions. It was a match made in heaven, and in my opinion, it was the best-tasting breakfast sandwich I have had on the Island yet. I tucked the rest of the burrito and the blondie away for later.

The blondie cookie bar turned out to make a clutch afternoon snack to give me a little boost of energy and get me through the rest of the day. It wasn’t super-sweet, and tasted like a cross between a granola bar and cookie. I enjoyed the coconut flavors with the darker-flavored chocolate chips.

I am glad I decided to switch up my morning routine. It can be hard to do something unplanned and spontaneous at 7:30 am when you’re just waking up. To feel the sun on my face, sitting at those picnic tables with a hot, hearty, and remarkably tasty homemade egg sandwich was worth it.

The Scottish Bakehouse serves breakfast and lunch. They have hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, wraps, soups, breakfast pastries, an amply stocked baked goods case (including many gluten-free and vegan options), daily specials, lunch plates, grab-and-go, and much more. Check out their menu or order online at scottishbakehousemv.com, or swing by 977 State Road, Vineyard Haven.