Baker’s Crust 
We have picked most of the Short Pump restaurant scene clean. There is still carne on the hueso, though most of it is crumby chain places we will never review. I’m looking right at you Chili’s, with your brain snatching jingles! In any case, last week we
needed wanted to go to Short Pump to visit a new gaming store. Baker’s Crust fell out of the bingo hopper when we gave it a spin. Not really a chain since there are a total of six locations, all in Virginia, but nothing that truly excited us.
Baker’s is located on the back end of Short Pump Mall proper, which is mostly a ghost town on weekdays. Tough for the businesses there, but great parking for the lunch crowd and no wait to be seated. The interior is best described as upscale fast casual. More along the lines of Café Caturra than Panera. The kind of place you could meet for brunch, something we have both done separately at the Carytown location and enjoyed.
For eats we both picked salads. Ethan had the Wine Country and paired it with Chicken Guacamole Sandwich. The salad, with it’s mix of fruit, candied pecans and goat cheese was delicious, but hardly felt healthy. The sandwich was good, but a bit too gooey for the bread it was delivered on. Better bread would have made for a better sandwich. No sandwich for me, instead I went with a full Sirloin Steak Salad. Thin slices of marinated steak over Gorgonzola cheese, grape tomatoes and spinach. The steak was perfectly cooked and the whole meal was complimented nicely with a white balsamic vinaigrette that I used to much of.
Overall it was a slightly expensive, but very satisfying meal. At more than $10 an entry it was just above the lunch time average in the West End. What we got rivals nearly every salad option available in the same area though. If you are heading to the mall for lunch time shopping, avoid the disappointing food court and hit up Baker’s Crust instead.