By Tonya West
For Hometown News
Park Place Plaza in Port Orange is now home to a bakery with a European flair. Less than a mile south of Herbert Street on South Nova Road is Herbert's Bakery.
The name similarity is a complete coincidence, but helpful to remember if you're traveling through and in search of a sweet delight.
Herbert's Bakery is family-operated and serves traditional European, homemade baked goods. A sign posted above some of the fresh offerings says, "If you are looking for a good bakery, keep on looking, you will find one. If you want the best, you are here now."
Of Hungarian descent, Attila and Andrea Pomozi operate the bakery with help from their cousin, Gabor Herbert. The family thought it would be nice to bring something traditional to the neighborhood.
In their first three weeks, word spread amongst the Hungarian community, which accounts for 50 percent of the bakery's business. If you're looking for that special place to sit and enjoy a fresh homemade pastry, Herbert's Bakery fits the bill.
Some of the items are very typical of what you would find in Hungary -- the Hungarian Christmas cake or "Gerbaud" for instance. It will be served year-round and is made with walnuts, apricot jam and chocolate. Their chocolate rolls are prized and fly out of the bakery half a dozen at a time.
If you enjoy apple crisp, you would appreciate Hungarian-style apple pie -- cut into squares and served with plenty of crumbly goodness. Choosing between a strawberry or apple turnover isn't easy. Then there are the delightful, perfectly spiraled cinnamon rolls.
When entertaining, you might want to offer a layered cake or key lime pie for dessert. The chocolate and orange pairing for the layered cake is beautifully rendered and eye catching.
On the savory side, flatbread is made daily with fresh garlic and a variety of toppings. It's so traditional there is no English word for the smoked meat with which it's topped. Better than a bun, pastry dough is twisted around a long slice of bacon or a hot dog for a delectable lunchtime grab and go.
If you're dissatisfied with the area's artisan bread selection, be sure to grab a loaf of Herbert Bakery's whole grain bread. Substantial and rich with flavor, it is made fresh daily with 90 percent whole grains, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, honey, yogurt and milk.
Mrs. Pomozi has been baking her whole life. Her family's repeated requests for special items led to the realization she had a natural talent. She is self taught and is passing along her techniques to her husband and also to Mr. Herbert, who is professionally trained.
The family has been in the United States for a year. "It's very nice here," said Mrs. Pomozi. "We have to work very hard. I like the people. They are so openhearted and friendly."
Herbert's Bakery has 1,050 square feet of space and seats less than a dozen inside and has a few tables outside. They are open seven days a week: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.