- The Scene
This stainless-steel accented storefront is part factory, part bakery and part fast-food joint. And its success is evident: LCD screens in the window stop passers-by, and local freelancers and students enjoy the gentle prices and linger-friendly atmosphere.
When a doughnut just won't do, this spot serves three unique alternatives. Savory palates go straight for golfball-sized, Brazilian-inspired cheese breads known as paolitos, which come in a dozen flavors from porcini and truffle oil blended with grana padano to lively jalapeno mixed with New York cheddar. The chewy, resilient texture is best hot out of the oven, so it's worth watching the LCD ticker for a countdown to the next fresh batch. The sweet side consists of large, crusty puffs, which stand up nicely to freshly piped creams like vanilla bean and dark chocolate, and friands, muffin-like pastries made from almond flour. A small selection of salads and soups satisfy the carbo-phobic.
- Fast Food 2007