George Carroll and Chuck Stanko's Dolce Bakery is quite possibly one of the sweetest experiences you can have in the northern hinterlands. Nestled on N. Walnut St. in downtown Milford, it is a local (and, in-fact, statewide) mecca for upscale goodies and -- get this: They are one of the few places you can buy Old World Breads, now owned by Root Gourmet in Rehoboth. Bread Whisperer Keith Irwin bakes former owner Steve Kogler's traditional recipes on and then whisks the loaves [the sourdough and the country loaf are pictured, left] over to Dolce. And you need to get there early before everything's gone.
But it's not just about bread at Dolce. This humble little spot has won award after award from the Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival. For the last three years, they have earned 2nd Place for their signature Gooey Chocolate Cookie [pictured, right] and in the most recent competition this year they won 1st Place for their legendary Stick in the Mud Brownie, 2nd Place (yet again!) for the Gooey Chocolate Cookie, and 3rd Place for the Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake [pictured, left].
One item not to be missed at Dolce is the Philadelphia Buttercake [pictured, right]. Back when they opened the bakery in 2003, one of their first customers insisted that they research this Philly tradition and sell their own take on it. From afar, it looks like a lemon square, but it is not a lemon square. It's hard to describe: It's as if cream cheese, butter, vanilla, sugar and cream all got together and had a baby. And baby, this thing is delicious. And extremely rich and satisfying. Trust your Foodie on this one.
Other specialties include a wide range of coffees, Hershey's ice cream, their own Breakfast Cookie (made from Grape Nuts and shaved almonds) [pictured, upper right], and cupcakes, cupcakes and more cupcakes [some pictured below]. Check out the photos. They say it all.
George is the one covered in flour, and Chuck is the guy smiling as he puts a shot of espresso in your coffee. Dolce is open every day except Sunday, and feel free to click here for a look at their website.
Dolce is at 36 N. Walnut St. in Milford. They are super-friendly and will happily give you directions over the phone. If you are trekking there from Rehoboth Beach area, give a quick call just to make sure they are open -- and that they have a full stock of Old World Breads and those Philadelphia Buttercakes.