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Beef vegetable soup and chicken salad croissant

Beef vegetable soup and chicken salad croissant are served at Marilyn's Bakery.

Marilyn's Bakery and Cafe in Hobart beckons diners with its quaint and unpretentious setting.

The eatery, which has a friendly atmosphere, is on the grounds of Johnson's Strawberry Farm in Hobart. It was established by Marilyn Johnson Pearson in 1986.

The bakery/cafe has been closed for the past season and will reopen March 1. It recently had special pop up hours for Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras.

Cake orders have been accepted, though, through the bakery's regular number.

Marilyn's Bakery is easily found on Ridge Road and isn't tucked away or hidden from view. Being right next to Johnson's Strawberry Farm, it's easily spotted.

Diners can enjoy a quiet, relaxing lunch at the eatery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. From March 1 through Easter, Marilyn's is open from Mondays through Saturdays and after Easter, the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch seven days a week. Call for more information.

The restaurant's menu regularly stars soups, sandwiches, teas, coffee and pastries of all types. Eatery personnel are friendly and always willing to answer questions about menu items.

Among lunch items on the eatery's menu are homemade soups, including beef vegetable and chicken. Soup flavors rotate on a regular basis. Sandwiches include favorites such as chicken salad, turkey and beef, while other meal choices include pot pies, quiche and specials on occasion.

While surveying the sweets in the pastry case, visitors will find everything from specialty cakes and pies to assorted other pastries.

Cake flavors include Mandarin Orange, Marble Fudge, German Chocolate, Banana Torte and more. Pies include everything from Apple, Banana Cream and Chocolate Cream to Cherry Crumb and more. Sugar-free pies also are available.

Marilyn's features fresh, from-scratch cooking and locally sourced ingredients. Diners looking for quality fare will find it here.

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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.