I have made it a personal mission to eat at every bakery in Charleston. Not too many years ago, this town didn’t have many bakeries, rendering this goal of mine rather lackluster. Thankfully, now it is a goal that takes some planning because, lucky for us, new bakeries are sprouting up all of the time. Brown’s Court Bakery is one of the newest additions. It is located on St Philip’s Street in a “Charleston single” row house; a charming spot emblematic of what makes Charleston so deliciously unique.
The bakery is named for the historical name of the building in which it is housed. Owner David Schnell opened Brown’s Court in November, his aim to have a bakery that consistently produces outstanding breads and pastries. He is already selling to some of the best chefs in town (Mike Lata of The Ordinary and FIG, Josh Keeler of Two Boroughs Larder, and Kevin Johnson of The Grocery, just to name a few) which is a testament to the quality of his product. Dave’s true passion is bread baking. At Brown’s Court they use old European baking techniques that involve a starter called a poolish and the breads can take days to make. Baking with this method takes longer and requires more work, but results in more complex and flavorful breads with a superior texture. The shelves at Brown’s Court are packed with their delicious breads like olive batard, herb foccacia, pretzel rolls, and French baguettes which are all produced using these time-proven methods. They also offer rich, creamy breads like Hawaiian rolls and brioche and sweet rolls and croissants including an inventive spicy Sriracha croissant.
Dave jokes easily with his pastry chef, Katie Schoenherr, and his fellow bakers in his sun filled kitchen. This playfulness is reflected in a few of the bakery’s other menu options like captain crunch and marshmallow cookies whose caramelized sugar crust will transport you back to the days around the campfire with toasted marshmallows. Dave and his crew are open 7 days a week from 7am until 7pm. They offer a happy hour from 5-7 pm during which time all of their goods are for sale at a discounted price and soon they will be offering delivery. Their menu frequently changes so be sure to check it out for current offerings.