By Miriam Raftery
August 22, 2013 (Santee) –Founded in Santa Ysabel half a century ago, Dudley’s Bakery has gained fame across the region for its tempting array of freshly baked bread varieties such as Julian apple nut and jalapeno cheese breads. Long a secret of travelers through East County’s backcountry, Dudley’s later gained fame after winning the U-T San Diego’s “Reader’s Choice” poll as best bakery in the county three years in a row.
Now, fans of Dudley’s breads, fruit bars, pies and more won’t have to drive to the mountains. Dudley’s has announced plans to open up Dudley’s Bakery and Deli in the Santee Town Center in Santee this September.
The new eatery will occupy space formerly held by Joe’s Old Fashioned BBQ, which recently closed. The owner has indicated that the deli menu will be updated from the offerings available at the existing location.
Dudley’s was founded back in 1963 by the late Dudley Pratt. He started with a bakery in El Cajon before opening up Dudley’s in Santa Ysabel. He chose the location for its high elevation –easier for baking—and sweet, clean water. Each summer, he closed his establishment for two months to travel Europe in search of delicious breads at bakeries, cafes and fairs. He would later adapt the recipes for sale at Dudley’s until his death ten years later.
Dudley’s now bakes up thousands of loaves of bread each year, sold at establishments across Southern California—though there’s nothing quite like visiting Dudley’s in person to savor the aroma of freshly baked breads and other pastries.