There's nothing like the sights and smells of a great bakery. Between the fresh baked cakes and breads, it's the perfect way to reward yourself for whatever you want, even just breathing. Growing up in Union City we had Margie's, Spiekermann's and of course Central bakery, known for it's great Italian breads and St. Joseph pastries.

Unfortunately, New Jersey bakeries are taking a hit between more people going on low card diets and the bigger stores edging them out.

With the loss of Mendoker's Quality Bakery in Jamesburg, another great New Jersey bakery closes its doors. So what's left? Where are the great bakeries of New Jersey? I posed that question to you both on my show and on social media and here's a few from the list that we came up with:

Laura likes Gruber's Bakery in Madison so much that she actually married Gruber's grandson!

Pinho's Bakery

Stefanie in Saddlebrook goes to Jersey City for Monteleone's, which is also loved by Suzy in Jersey City.

Patrick likes Caputo's Pastry Shoppe in Long Branch.

Kevin chooses Bovella's Pastry Shoppe in Westfield.

Here's a cool one from Denise in Asbury Park: "Anything Confections of a Rock Star" makes.

Below is a list of many more responses I received on my Facebook page from all of you sharing what your favorite New Jersey bakery is.

Steven Feldman Olga's a cup and cake!
Susan Condron Belzner bada bing cakes
Sean Patrick Kulesa Cacia's Bakery
Susan De Angelis Delpontes in Bradley beach "raspberry mousse"
Robert Michelin In Union City, we had Margie's, Spiekermann's and others. These days, outside of Carlo's in Hoboken, Shop Rite works for me.
Chris Hayes Sweet eats. Voorhees. Preposterously awesome
Stephen Dubeck Calandra's in Fairfield!
Scott Rigilano Zallies Shop Rites
Bernadette Iezzi Sweet Eats
Denise DeHaut Brown Anything confections of a rock star makes in Asbury
Julie Anne Poling J&m middletown best ever
Cmb Har Gencarelli's Bakery - Bloomfield, NJ
Suzy Rose Yengo Monteleones jersey city.
Keith Vena B&W Bakery - Hackensack NJ. Love their crumbcake.
Giulio Poli they still have the main bakery in south hackensack with the deli attached
Mike Folk Was- City Bakery, Long Branch. Is- Macaroon Shop,Avon-by-the-Sea (formerly Ocean Grove) Jersey Cupcake? I would put my %#*@ in her! (Just playin').
Roy Bucci Landolfis pastry shop
Marc Clemente Mandokers in Clinton that just closed today
Denise DeHaut Brown So did the one in Jamesburg. Very sad
Eric Barash Carlo's, Hoboken.
Michele Curci Giorgios's in Hoboken is the best. Old school.
Chew Front Galenti's- Broadway and Monmouth- Gloucester City, New Jersey
Tom Cunningham Was--Barbaro's in the 'Burg.
Justin Morris Sweet eats
Albert Casalnova Blueberries and cranberries and of course attitude
Tom Mongelli Carlo's in Hoboken, Wyckoff Bakery in Wayne (gone), Mazur's Bakery in Lyndhurst, Deb Pam Bakery in Totowa, Rispoli's Bakery in Ridgefield, and Just about any 24 hour diner north of Bloomfield.
Nick Wargo JB Bakery in Burlington City!
Jeff Faistl Where find good mocha cake message me please
Melissa Whoeler Conca D'oro bakery union Nj. Been around since 1935. Can't find another Italian bakery that comes close to them around in Monmouth county
Melynda B. Ulrich Italian Peoples Bakery!!!
Patty Mangiante-Thomas Werbans was awesome 14th & summit
Peter Szewzek Bovella's Westfield. Jersey cupcake? How about the essence of fermented grapes and cranberries. Muffins 6% alcohol by volume. Muffins with a kick. Anyone can bake pot muffins....dare to be different.
Andrew Chick Pisani Margie's Bakery, Union City, but it's long gone. So, for a present day bakery; Aroma di Napoli in Nutley is the best around. It puts Carlo's to shame.
Sonya Kapoor Old German Bakery - Hoboken NJ best bakery
Sharon Lasher Freedman's Bakery, 8th Ave & Main, Belmar
Linda Schuck Caffrey Mueller's in Bay Head ~ BEST crumb cake in the world!

Hugh, a frequent caller and friend of the show, used to own the Park Bakery in Seaside Park. He called in to talk about what it was like owning a bakery in New Jersey. Check out the interview in the video below.


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