Flour Bakery + Cafe
190 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
When we are visiting a city, I do a lot of research on where to eat. I look up places on Yelp, Urbanspoon, and lots of web sites. I also always want to eat at places that have been on TV. That is how we came to find this place, Flour Bakery + Cafe.
Flour Bakery has been featured on the shows, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and Throwdown with Bobby Flay. In both shows they were touted for their Sticky Buns. In fact, in Throwdown, the sticky buns at Flour actually beat Bobby Flay's sticky buns. Owner/Pastry Chef Joanne Chang opened her first bakery in South Boston in 2000, and has since then added two more locations.
We arrived at the Cambridge location, just after nine on a Thursday morning . The cafe was full of people leisurely eating all assortments of baked goods and drinking coffee. The cafe definitely has a sleek and modern feel to it. This location is located right next to MIT, and the staff fit into the surroundings because they were all young, and college age. After approaching the large bakery case, it was a no-brainer what we would be ordering, so we sat down with our two sticky buns.
My first impressions of the Sticky Buns were that they looked good, but on TV they were drenched in the caramel sauce. These had a decent amount on them, but were not over the top like I had seen. These also could have been served warmer. These were lukewarm at best, and I wanted to try it so bad, I did not want to have them reheat it. The sticky bun was not overly sweet, had plenty of pecans and the bread was not as heavy as I was expecting. They were soft and delicious. Even without all of the caramel sauce on top, and the temperature issue, this was one of the best sticky buns we have had.
Glad we had seen this bakery on TV, but wish we had more time to explore more of the baked goods and sandwiches here. That is the problem when traveling, you only have such a limited time to find the best places to eat, and you only have one shot to order the right thing. Glad we got it right here.
Out of five beavers, (because Flour Bakery is located next to MIT, and their mascot is a beaver, also known as nature's engineers), five being best to zero being worst, Flour Bakery + Cafe gets 3 beavers.
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