Archive for the ‘Wedgewood’ Category

Bryant Corner Cafe

November 10, 2013

I had driven past this cute, old-timey cafe/bakery a few times and wondered about it (used to be called the Sunflour Cafe), so I popped in last weekend for breakfast. It was warm and sunny enough to eat outside, and I got to sit and watch the world go by while sipping my Americano and working my way through French toast (which they make using their own homemade bread).

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Bread was good but the French toast could have been a little more crispy, and should be served with real, good-quality maple syrup (that’s the east-coaster in me, since Seattle-ites seem fine with maple-flavored corn syrup).  I was much more impressed with the caramel pecan roll, which was the size of a small satellite dish:

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I saved it until the next day, heated it, and fell in love. Surprisingly, the dough was not as sugary as these rolls usually are, but the caramel topping served as a nice complement.  The texture was lovely – doughy, buttery, chewy, without approaching Cinnabon levels of grease. The flavors were complex, not overpowering, and the pecans had a nice crunch.  Overall, bravo to the bakery, pass on the restaurant.

 

 

The Grateful Bread Bakery

November 21, 2010

You don’t have to wear tie-dyed T-shirts to appreciate the offerings at The Grateful Bread Bakery and Cafe, although it helps to have a healthy appreciation of carbohydrates.  Conveniently located near my dentist in Wedgwood, I always make it a point to treat myself to a cookie or two after a teeth cleaning (I need to somehow make up for the fact that I no longer receive a lollipop after a dentist appointment).

The cafe serves excellent sandwiches as well as a wide variety of treats, and during the sunnier months has a nice outdoor space to enjoy them. Since I visited just before Thanksgiving, I opted for the turkey-cranberry sandwich (do not eat this if you need to stay awake afterward) and then took my time selecting a treat from the extensive display:

I selected a chocolate chip cookie and a thumbprint jam cookie. Both were good, but the thumbprint cookie was better and I would heartily recommend it.  But I was still not ready to end my carbohydrate adventure, so I took home a cinnamon bun for the next morning.

This, of course, turned out to be an excellent decision, because it was perfect. The right amount of sugar. Good molasses-y flavor. Doughy center.  It’s a good thing I don’t go to Wedgwood (or the dentist) very often, or this could become a serious problem… especially since Top Pot is right next door.

 

Top Pot Doughnuts

February 22, 2010

My dentist (in Wedgewood) really has the perfect location: it’s across the street from The Grateful Bread Baking Company (which I’ll try to review sometime soon) and Top Pot Doughnuts.  Top Pot has locations in several neighborhoods, including Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, and Downtown, but I often go to the Wedgewood location because there’s parking (and a dentist nearby).

Top Pot, which has been around since 2002, specializes in gourmet doughnuts that come in two categories: old fashioned or cake doughnut. There are over forty types of doughnuts to choose from, so needless to say I took my sweet time at the counter. Luckily, Top Pot doesn’t believe in rushing it’s customers or blinding them with ugly fluorescent lighting. Instead, their cafes are styled along the pattern of traditional Seattle coffee shops (and the coffee itself measures up!).

I finally chose six flavors (pictured below): Upper row from left to right: Raspberry Old Fashioned, Chocolate Sand Castle Cake Doughnut, Chocolate Glazed Cake Doughnut. Lower row from left to right: Maple Old Fashioned, Cinnamon Cake Doughnut, Plain Old Fashioned.

Overall, I preferred the Old Fashioned over the Cake Doughnuts. They were more moist and crispy, while the Cake Doughnuts were drier and more chewy. Next time I think I would just get Old Fashions.  That being said, my favorites for flavor were the Sandcastle and the Chocolate Glazed.  And, in case you’re wondering, the Sandcastle is a chocolate cake doughnut with granulated sugar covering the outside. It tastes much better than a sandcastle. Don’t ask how I know that.