What we like:
Robert Weinrich and his family have been in business at their Newtown Square location on Route 3 since 1961. Weinrich, 69, says the bakery really has no signature specialty.
"Whatever you want, I can make you," he says. Just give him a little notice.
One recent day, women were coming in to order sheet cakes for first-communion parties. Men were buying up handfuls of danish, allegedly for other people. One white-haired man said his car just steers itself into the parking space in front of the bakery; he has no choice but to buy something, he said. He's a regular, said Cynthia Weinrich, 40, the owner's daughter, who waits on buyers.
Robert Weinrich uses a 70-year-old apple peeler and an old-fashioned oven and "ancient" baking pans. One of them is for a triangle cake. It's made of vanilla cake, with one sloping side frosted with chocolate fudge icing, the other with vanilla butter cream. This nice, small dessert costs $6.95 and serves six to eight people.
With spring in the air, the bakery makes jolly, themed sugar cookies for kids. A ladybug sells for $2.95, a smiley face for $1, and a flower for $2.50. Soon, cookies shaped like baseballs will be offered for $1.95, Cynthia Weinrich said.
From time to time, her father travels to Germany to visit family. While there, he buys a secret ingredient for his fat, light Bavarian pretzels. They are hand-rolled, and appear less uniform than the ones we associate with South Philly.
Weinrich began baking them years ago as a lark. People asked for them, so he now features a big basket of the salt-encrusted pretzels as a bakery staple. The price: $1 apiece.
Where: 3545 W. Chester Pike, Newtown Square; 610-356-9918.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Monday.
- Bonnie L. Cook