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Walking into Marilyn's Bakery and Cafe is like entering the home of a friend.

The small bakery/cafe is located on the premises of Johnson's Strawberry Farm in Hobart. The business got its start in 1986 by Marilyn (Johnson) Pearson.

Today, guests can order everything from cakes and baked goods to savory items at the popular bakery.

During a drive down Ridge Road, the bakery is easily seen as it stands right next to Johnson's Strawberry Farm.

On a recent Wednesday afternoon we visited Marilyn's for a relaxing lunch. While the actual cafe menu isn't massive, it does feature a variety of sandwiches, soups and various other items, including pastries, teas and coffee.

Immediately upon walking in, the waitress asked if we wanted a sample of one of the soups of the day. We chose the beef vegetable, which was homemade and had a rich, flavorful broth.

That taste helped to cinch my soup choice for lunch. I chose the lunch special ($9.95), which included the vegetable soup, a chicken salad sandwich on a croissant and a chocolate mousse pastry for dessert.

Marilyn's chicken salad proved to be one of the best around. The mixture was flavored with a variety of seasonings and also featured a slightly sweet taste as well.

The mousse was a favorite at our table, too.

While visiting the bakery, it's a pleasure to view the sweets in the display case. Everything from pies and gourmet cakes to other pastries are featured.

Cake flavors include Devil's Food Chocolate, Carrot, Banana, Mandarin Orange, Coconut and more. Among fillings customers may order are Lemon Curd, French Silk Mousse, Raspberry Jam, Banana and others. Frostings include everything from Salted Caramel and Swiss Buttercream to Dark Chocolate Ganache, Lemon and more.

On the pie menu are flavors such as Caramel Apple, Blueberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Blackberry, Cherry Crumb and others.

Sugar-free pies are also available.

At Marilyn's, fresh and local ingredients are of great importance to the bakers and cooks. Stop in at the bakery/cafe for a pleasant and tasty meal.


Features reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.