- The Scene
Its aromatic artisanal breads have lined the shelves of high-end local grocers for years, and now Essential has expanded its primary bakery to include a warmly charming cafe and lunch counter. Exposed-brick walls, high beamed ceilings and broad, sunny windows contribute to the casual, airy atmosphere. Sit at the knotty-pine lunch counters or soak up the sun on the front patio.
The seasonally driven menu focuses on European sandwiches with ingenious twists: Kalamata olive bread is slathered with cool feta-cucumber spread and freshly snipped oregano leaves, while a sophisticated white cheddar and Camembert grilled cheese is dressed up with pan-roasted Granny Smith apples, caramelized onions and crisp watercress. The Spanish-style hearth oven turns out robust slices of pizza bianca, a house specialty occasionally augmented with shards of prosciutto. Pastries and desserts are beautifully executed: Croissants burst with fresh raspberries, pears and apricots; decadent chocolate mousse is sweetly amplified with a buttery layer of creme brulee.
User Reviews for Essential Baking Company
Totally great sandwiches
Uh. There is something about their turkey and cranberry sandwich that screeeaaaaamms "don't. stop. eating."
- posted on 05.30.12
- by kayaker12
Still Not Enjoyable
I haven't been to this Cafe in about a year & was hoping that the last visit was a not-so-pleasant fluke - unfortunately Not the case. One of the items that this shop used...
- posted on 04.02.12
- by JuneOlympia
- Sandwich 2007