There's a new bakery in the Bywater that's open on weekend days and, once a month, quite late at night. Local baker Dawn Snead started Shake Sugary (3600 St. Claude Ave., 355-9345; www.shakesugary.com) in a small storefront, which happens to be adjacent to the newly relocated Sankofa Farmers Market (3500 St. Claude Ave.; www.sankofafarmersmarket.org). Shake Sugary is normally open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the "second Saturday" gallery nights organized by the St. Claude Arts District (or, delightfully, SCAD), the bakery reopens from 9 p.m. to midnight for people out gallery hopping.
The line-up at Shake Sugary changes from week to week, but I've been relieved to find Snead's excellent bacon and sweet potato biscuit consistently available.
You also can find Shake Sugary baked goods down the street at St. Coffee (2709 St. Claude Ave., 872-9798), a hip little coffee shop with food from a host of downtown suppliers, including donuts from Alois J. Binder Bakery and empanadas from the food truck crew Empanada Intifada. — Ian McNulty