Staff writer Nikki Ross and her boyfriend Andrew took a day trip to New Smyrna Beach on a cold and cloudy Saturday and wanted to try something off the beaten path for lunch. They decided on The Baker’s Table in New Smyrna Beach located off of A1A in a shopping plaza.

What was the place like?

Though the location seemed commercial in the shopping plaza, the inside décor made you feel like you were in an off road café in a historic town. Two walls are covered in wide open windows which light up the otherwise dark and cozy walls and tables. Since it was a Saturday morning, it was fairly empty when we showed up around 11 a.m.

What’s on the menu?

The lunch menu for Saturday includes brunch favorites including shrimp and grits, huevos rancheros, eggs benedict, French toast and breakfast burritos. Traditional lunch options include cold and hot sandwiches served with a side of house made chips, an Oyster Po’Boy, salads and soups. They also have starters like ceviche and a warm goat cheese tart. Each day they have homemade pastries.

What did you have?

We started off our lunch with a homemade lemon ricotta doughnut. I was skeptical at first because of the ricotta but my mind was settled after taking a bite. It was delicious. I’m not a huge fan on lemon, however, the lemon flavoring wasn’t overpowering. At first you get an immediate taste of the lemon but as you chew it blends into the doughnut. We ended up ordering another to take home with us.

I decided on the turkey and avocado sandwich. I was not expecting something with so much turkey on it, but it was a nice change from other sandwich shops that only give you a few thin slices. In addition to the turkey, there was avocado, sprouts, mayo and monterey jack cheese. On the side was homemade chips I dipped in dressing. I was only able to eat half of it and with much difficulty since it was so big! I took the rest home for dinner.

Andrew decided on the day's sandwich special, a prime rib sandwich on ciabatta bread with crispy onions, swiss cheese horseradish dressing and pickles. It was served with a side of homemade chips that he dipped in the Po'Boy sauce. It was served warm and was a great addition to a chilly day. This is something we both wished was on the menu every day.

What did it cost?

The total was $29.82 before tax and included a coffee and a coke.