10.10.2010

Brunching with Bloggers: Craigie on Main

It's funny how many people I talk with through blogging, be it via Twitter, comments left on pages or Facebook fan pages and as fun as it is to chat via online mediums, I always love meeting people in person.  So that's why when I got an email from Olga, who writes the blog Mango & Tomato, asking if I wanted to meet her and Dan from The Food In My Beard for brunch, how could I pass that up?  I love brunch, it's a beautiful Boston day and I wanted to see if Dan actually had food in his beard (he did not).  So over the river and through Harvard Square to Craigie's for brunch I went.

Can you spot the house-made cider donut?
It was my first time at Craigie on Main and I'm happy to say it won't be my last.  I'm not particularly surprised by this as they've won about a bajilion awards for the high quality food they churn out and now, I see why.  I think the thing that really sets them apart is the strong attention to detail and their ability to show a fair amount of uniqueness all the while.  For example, I loved how when I ordered coffee, free-formed sugar cubes accompanied it.

Classic cubes of sugar for coffee
Everything is naturally homemade and flawless (a unprocessed foodie's heaven!) and while we were selecting our meals, we all decided that one of the house-made donut was to be ordered and shared.  What a great call that was!  With a soft cake-y center and crispy cinnamony-sugared crust and sitting in a pool of caramel, this thing was out of this world good.

And then there was the donut...
Ahhhh.....
For my main meal, I ordered the pancakes and was happy with my choice.  They were fluffy and light and with spots of tart huckleberries.  Drizzled in pure maple syrup, this trio of pancakes hit the spot.

Huckleberry Pancakes
Plump little huckleberries
The absolute best part of today, however, was the fact that Dan answered my plea for pretzels and made me some home made pretzel sticks!  I was floored and he's kinda my hero right now.  The funny part is, I attempted my own last night (post to follow later this week) but mine were wheat and shaped like pretzels and his were sticks.  So I now, thanks to Dan, have a pretzel variety in my cabinet, hopefully my supplies last through the end of the month!  Here's a couple of pics of my pretzels from Dan..


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11 comments:

MelissaNibbles said...

I didn't know they did a brunch. I'll be stopping in soon!

Erin said...

That donut looks unreal! Thanks for sharing. I'm dying to go there!

Megan said...

I'm so glad you went to breakfast with Olga! And I can't wait to go to Craigie for breakfast at some point too.

Dan said...

The best way to photograph those things is in a glass! I tried like 5 other ways and they didn't work.

Also... Hero huh?

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I've heard so many rave reviews about Craigie's donut...I've got to try it!

Shannon said...

Oh my, that donut does look fabulous!! fun brunch :)

Lizzy said...

That looks so good- everything!!! I've never been there for breakfast- will have to get across that river sometime soon.

Daisy said...

I really want to head here for brunch! Huckleberries on your pancakes?! how fun.

The Small Boston Kitchen said...

Thanks all, I must say, I was really impressed by their brunch and haven't been able to stop thinking about that donut!

And yes Dan, hero. I'm pretty sure snack food creation definitely qualifies one to be a hero!

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

it was so great to meet you! I still have to post my photos and write up...but it'll take some time ;)

Met Megan at Toro last night: had a great time!

Rebel Mel said...

So, I'm on the hunt for a restaurant for lunch today for me and the hubs, and I totally just lurked your blog for about a half hour ;) just sayin'

And I'm now to rally craving burgers, btw.

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