Why yes, I will have another
Why has it taken me so long to write about this gem of a coffee shop and bakery? Please don’t wait a minute longer to find yourself seated in a stool, eye to eye with their array of delectable treats.
Dangerously located directly across the street from my house, Coffee & A Specialty Bakery is just that – special. Don’t be fooled by the “Coffee” looming in their name, indulge yourself in any - yes, really any - of their baked goods (or sandwiches, or soups, or quiche) and you will not be disappointed. Tonyia Smith, owner and Executive Pastry chef, finds comfort in varying the menu seasonally and trying new recipes nearly daily. This week I finally tried her Tsunami Quiche. Loaded with, you guessed it, a tsunami of veggies and eggs atop of a potato crust was mouthwatering filling. However, I’d have to say my absolute favorite is her Myer Lemon Bundt Cake. Thankfully she doesn’t make them everyday.
Charlotte on the other hand could vouch for Tonyia’s signature Madeleine cookies. Now that she’s a tad bit older, Charlotte knows the bakery routine. She confidently walks right in and over to a stool, eagerly looks up as I put her on it and waits, not so patiently, for her Madeleine and almond milk. However, her loyalty was tested the other day when we stopped in to say hello and Dedrick – Tonyia’s right hand man, and Barista Manager - offered her a treat. Lo and behold the Madeleines were sold out and he handed her a brownie bite. Since it wasn’t her usual treat, she innocently uttered, “What’s this?” as she briefly hesitated before chowing down. When every last morsel was devoured she signed and begged, rather loudly, for more. I can’t deny this girl is developing her sweet tooth but who in the world taught her these manners? Tonyia and Dedrick are worse than grandparents and gave into her pleas for more!
Honestly though, this is what puts the special in Coffee & A Specialty Bakery, the hospitality. Tonyia and Dedrick, along with family members, keep this little shop toasty warm with their smiles and love. Whether waves are exchanged as folks walk by heading for the elevator or bellies are made happy over a cup of espresso, no one ever walks away feeling unloved. Truly a community coffee shop in every essence, I’m more than happy to participate in Tonyia’s passion for food.
And shh, everything is gluten free!