Red Truck Bakery & Market: One of the Sweetest Places in America

by Jenée Libby

Located in a renovated 1921 Esso filling station, Red Truck Bakery is a bakery lover’s delight located in the heart of Old Town Warrenton. Owner and baker-in-chief Brian Noyes, a former magazine art director, serves up breakfast, lunch, and assorted sweet treats in a space causing antique lovers to swoon. Walk through the authentic screen door while enjoying that great “slamming” sound. Eat at a table made from a nearby barn door set afire by General Philip Sheridan during the Civil War. A 1954 Ford F-100, candy apple red of course, stays parked outside. The pristine vehicle was purchased from designer Tommy Hilfiger and is considered the bakery’s mascot.

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Three classically trained bakers create pies, cakes, muffins, cookies, and even granola using local and seasonal ingredients. Everything is baked from scratch daily. Arrive early for fresh, homemade pumpkin or cranberry‑orange‑walnut muffins and Red Truck’s own special blend of “Hi‑Octane” coffee, created especially for the bakery by Counter Culture in Durham, North Carolina. Stay on for lunch and enjoy a hot homemade meatloaf sandwich on focaccia with mustard, mayonnaise, and local Bibb lettuce. Pair that with a soup of the day and end the whole shebang with a slice of apple pie.

Apple pie? Red Truck has three! Traditionalists will love the two‑crust classic version, but don’t hesitate to try the Dutch crumb apple pie with cinnamon streusel, or the salted caramel. No a là mode needed here, this pie stands all on its own and is bursting with spicy sweet flavor with just a touch of tart. Apple pie not your style? Try the Kentucky pecan pie with bourbon and chocolate, scrumptious! Or call ahead and order a traditional mincemeat pie. Baker Brian is on a one‑man mission to resurrect this misunderstood sweet, and according to Esquire magazine, which recently profiled his undertaking, he has accomplished the feat with panache.

Conde Nast has called Red Truck Bakery one of America’s 13 Sweetest Bakery Destinations, and the readers of Virginia Living magazine voted them Best Bakery, Best Locally‑Owned Coffee House, Best Breakfast Place and Best Place for Sandwiches in ALL of Northern Virginia. Red Truck has been profiled in Garden and Gun, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Oprah Magazine.

Can’t make it to Warrenton? Order a Double Chocolate Moonshine Cake as well as tons of other goodies online at Foody Direct. Coming soon? Check out their new, larger retail space with an expanded menu in nearby Marshall. Why not visit both locations for a fill‑up while on your fall foliage adventures?

Jenee Libby is a writer of food, fiction, travel, and essay. She’s obsessed with vintage diner ephemera, old cookbooks, and anything Technicolor created in a Jell‑O mold. You can catch her running her mouth, way too much, on her podcast, Edacious - Food Talk for Gluttons. Available on iTunes and at http://edacious.co/.

Pictured from top to bottom: Ham Quiche, Blood Orange Cake, Rhubarb Pie, Lemon Cake, and Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. Photos courtesy Red Truck Bakery