Working from home means a chance to go on Yelp and find a new place for my morning coffee that isn’t Dunkin Donuts. Today that search brought me to Levain Bakery. And I found place for really good coffee. Doughnuts? Not so much.
They only had one doughnut, a bombolini, which I have only tried one other time (from Sullivan Street) so I don’t have a lot to compare it to. I am not 100% sure why they are called doughnuts at all. Maybe this is what doughnuts are like in Italy? Three trips to Italy and I have never tried a doughnut. I’ll have to go back. It’s lighter, like super fluffy bread. The raspberry filling is very fresh but doesn’t overpower the pastry. The powdered sugar on top didn’t add much flavor. But, to be honest, the whole thing was underwhelming.
Oatmeal Raisin Scone: Truthfully, I don’t see how this is a scone and not a cookie. It’s delicious, it’s fresh and lovely and made with brown sugar, but it is not a scone. Maybe I am biased, being half-English, but Americans have no idea how to make scones. Scones are meant to be light and fluffy. This is delicious. Heavy but still delicious.
Apparently they are best known for their chocolate chip walnut cookies. I am not a fan of chocolate chip cookies, but I have to admit that these are really good. The ratio of cookie to chocolate to walnut is great. Again, the use of brown sugar gives the cookie an amazing crunchiness.
I am strange person. I like doughnuts for breakfast but not cookies. Cereal but not scones. The coffee was good but not worth the trek if I can’t also get a doughnut…
The search continues.