Such is the case with Squarz Bakery in Tempe.
Set deep in a residential area, far from the hustle and foot traffic of Mill Avenue, this little restaurant has far more charm than a strip mall joint should have. A row of stools run along a wide window, along with a couple of two-tops inside and a scattering of patio seating.
The concept for Squarz was born in 2011. That's when Steven Gerner started selling classic British hand pies at local farmers markets. In 2015, he opened a small brick-and-mortar bakery.
croissant variations. Behind the registers, you can peer into the kitchen, where puff pastry is rolled and manipulated on floured surfaces.
Gerner offers a wide variety of frozen hand pies to take and bake at home. At the shop, he keeps five pies ready to cook to order.
An order comes with a good-size hand pie along with chips or fruit for $9.49, or two hand pies for $13.49.
975 East Elliot Road #103,Tempe
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday at various farmers markets)