Coming to Carrollton

Asian pastry shop makes Texas debut next to Dallas’ favorite dollar store

Asian bakery makes Texas debut next to Dallas’ favorite dollar store

85 Degree Bakery
85°C Bakery goodies include breads such as green onion, bacon and cheese, and choco-cookie bread. Photo courtesy of 85 Degree Bakery

An international bakery chain founded in Taiwan is coming to Texas. Called 85°C Bakery, it will open in the Carrollton Town Center at President George Bush Turnpike and Old Denton Road.

A spokeswoman for the company said the Dallas-area opening would be in late summer, around July or August.

85°C was founded in 2004 by baker Wu Cheng-Hsueh with a goal of offering quality baked goods at affordable prices. The chain features coffee drinks with unusual breads, pastries, and cakes in a self-serve format.

There are nearly 1,000 branches located in China, Hong Kong, and Australia. The chain debuted in California in 2008 and now has 15 branches across the state, from Berkeley to Pasadena to San Diego.

The name describes the temperature at which coffee supposedly tastes best: 85 degrees Celsius.

Its lineup of sweets includes classics like cream puffs and tarts as well as novelties. Cheese tarts are like a baby cheesecake in a pie crust. Pineapple cakes are a traditional Taiwanese pastry with a crumbly crust enclosing a sweet pineapple filling.

A concept called a "brick toast" consists of a thick slice of bread with a topping such as "Hawaiian chicken" or melted cheese. Mango bread has mango cream cheese in the dough which is spiked with bits of dried mango.

Its two most popular items are the brioche, which is done in a chocolate version, and the marble taro, a bread made with mashed taro root.

85°C keeps long hours, usually opening at 7 am and staying open until midnight on weekends. The full line of merchandise includes espresso coffee, flavored beverages, decorative cakes, and freshly baked breads. Every store features an in-shop bakery with over 60 varieties of pastries freshly baked every hour. The shop also does unusual Danish pastries and sandwiches with ham and pork.

Carrollton Town Center is a two-phased project that's already seen hot Asian brands such as Daiso, the Japanese dollar store, and Kula, the revolving sushi concept that's also opening in Plano. Last summer's opening of Daiso was its strongest in the United States and second highest in the company.