The cafe acropolis perched on the corner of Cross Street is the North End’s newest buzz and bustle. Bread + Butter is the new kid on the bakery block. Pastry artisan Lee Napoli of South End’s ChocoLee has done it again. With the work ethic of a European baker, Napoli built this honeysuckle castle from her experience at some of Boston’s biggest names: Grill 23, Bricco, Maison Robert, The Buttery, Sardines Bistro, and more. Her prominence as a pastry chef was established during her time at Icarus, a true Boston legend. Bread + Butter is a succulent experience.
Lunch started off with a personal favorite (and best in city) kale salad. Napoli pairs fresh kale and faro with roasted cauliflower, carrots, and local bite-size tomatoes. Light, flavorful and the perfect accompaniment to any lunch.
Brie- the unofficial logo of France- finds its way on to a number of Napoli’s preparations. The popular lunch choice, brie + pear sandwich, comes oozing with sun-soft brie encapsulated by thin, crisp slices of local pear. This summer colored palette is sure to melt in your mouth.
Duck Confit is the sandwich staple. Reminiscent of a crepe for carnivores, two flaking croissant halves are smeared in fig jam before being doused in tender duck, greens and caramelized onions.
Spinach salad was equally indulgent- earthy quinoa, mushrooms, Tuscan white beans, crunchy radish bits providing texture, flavor, color and pop.
Almond crusted chocolate cream macaroons are a full on French love affair. Ladurée NYC, you have found your match. It is best to order a few when with a group at a table and chat the night away. The cafe’s open facade frames the city skyline and provides the perfect ambiance to partake in a pseudo-Parisian “stay-cation.”
Although no sign of liquor yet, try Pomegranate Soda or House-brewed Iced-T. Or for a mid-day boost or soothing night cap, cafe comes comes second nature to this French reminiscent establishment. To beat the pellucid summer sun, sip on a soy-frothed iced-cappuccino. You will not regret ordering this one up a size.
For a scene and to be seen, Bread + Butter seats twenty-five people, offers free WIFI, and even caters to allergies- hello, gluten-free bran muffins. Ambiance is unmatched and pastries are an art with a local twist. Located on 64 Cross Street, Boston, MA, 02113.