Some Crust Bakery
The Fun Foodie has a bit of a culinary crush on Porto’s Bakery in Glendale (read my cyber alter-ego reviews here and here). Good thing Porto’s is 40+ miles away or we’d have some trouble making the mortgage payment. Some Crust Bakery in Claremont’s “Village” is much closer so we decided we’d take a chance on developing a very destructive addiction.
We stopped in just a few minutes before closing on a weeknight and they looked to be pretty wiped out. What they did have looked exquisite. We got the last of their chocolate drop cookies and also a couple raspberry and apricot (pictured above). These had a very pleasing texture that was dense, moist and chewy, but fell short in the flavor department. They use very good quality chocolate, but it wasn’t quite enough to make up for the bland-ish cookie dough. We found this to be a problem all across the board. The chocolate chip/walnut cookies were the same way. Very nice, classic crackly top and chewy interior, but lacking any depth of flavor. I’m guessing they skimp on the butter and use more shortening.
The cupcakes looked awesome and they had quite a variety of flavors. Pictured above (starting at the top left and moving clockwise) is a chocolate on chocolate, lime crumble, “Mostess”, and Boston Cream. A feast for the eyes, but not so much for the mouth. They were all pretty crumbly, and the frosting was — you guessed it — a bit bland. All-in-all, the whole experience was pretty … meh.
Porto’s, you’re still #1.