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Gluten-free bakery Misfits Bakehouse is reborn in Palo Alto

Uploaded: Oct 11, 2019
After a monthslong hiatus, Misfits Bakehouse is back -- and in a new home.

The bakery, which has drawn a local following for its gluten-free bread and baked goods, is soft opening this weekend in Midtown Palo Alto. Owner Mina Makram took over a space at 2706 Middlefield Road this summer after Gracie Jones Gluten Free Bake Shop closed.


Mina Makram, left, inside the new Misfits Bakehouse space in Palo Alto. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

While Misfits' (formerly Ducks and Dragons) reputation is built on baking without gluten, Makram doesn't want to be known singularly as a gluten-free establishment.

"I don't want it to be looked at as a gluten-free bakery," he said. "Just amazing bread, period."

Makram started Ducks and Dragons with his then-partner and girlfriend, Kim Sullivan, in 2015. They started by selling their baked goods at farmers markets and within six months, moved into a wholesale production facility in San Carlos.

In the new Palo Alto space, Misfits Bakehouse will serve fresh-baked bread and pastries as well as bagel sandwiches, pizzas, toasts with housemade jams and specials. At a pop-up last weekend, the bakery made cardamon French toast, sausage-cheddar bread pudding and a family recipe for an Egyptian beef broth served with a garlic sauce and toasted grain-free pita bread. (Makram was born and raised in Egypt. He came to the U.S. in 2000.)


A Misfits Bakehouse bagel sandwich. Photo via Misfits Bakehouse Instagram.

In response to requests from customers with egg allergies, Makram plans to roll out vegan breads sans egg whites. Almost all of his products are also grain-free, soy-free, corn-free and dairy-free.

Misfits will serve coffee from Papachay in San Carlos, run by a Peruvian native who lives in San Carlos but owns a coffee farm in Peru. The beans are roasted in San Carlos.

The bakery will be open this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until it's sold out. Starting next week, Misfits will also be open on Fridays. Makram plans to open six days a week starting in early November.

Misfits will also return soon to the College of San Mateo farmers market, Makram said.

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 +   2 people like this
Posted by Trudi, a resident of Mountain View,
on Oct 12, 2019 at 10:40 am

Mina and his band of Misfit Bakers are Amazing. I just love the Bakery Goods and the Love he and his group have for making so everyone can have a treat.


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Posted by WWWW journalism, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Oct 13, 2019 at 10:01 am

Come on Elana ... one of the 4 W's is completely missing in your story ... WHERE.


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Posted by ReadTheLede, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on Oct 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm

To WWWW Journalism, all the 4 W's are in the lede "The bakery, which has drawn a local following for its gluten-free bread and baked goods, is soft opening this weekend in Midtown Palo Alto. Owner Mina Makram took over a space at 2706 Middlefield Road this summer after Gracie Jones Gluten Free Bake Shop closed."


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Posted by Malia, a resident of Charleston Meadows,
on Oct 14, 2019 at 1:27 pm

So excited for this bakery! Wish the website was working...


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Posted by Bianca, a resident of Rex Manor,
on Oct 18, 2019 at 10:50 am

Can't wait to try out this place! Happy to see that they're supporting local coffee roaster, Papachay, too. We enjoy their coffee here at work several times a week, and am happy to see it available closer to home; other than at the Farmers Market, of course!


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Posted by Jess, a resident of Stanford,
on Oct 24, 2019 at 12:35 pm

I am not gluten free but my husband is, so we are constantly seeking out the best GF bread products. I can vouch for their chocolate chip cookies, which were excellent! I look forward to coming back here and trying more items!



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