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Restaurant Review: Recipe's Organic Bakery
updated: Jul 26, 2014, 11:00 AM

By Lauren Bray

Recipe's Organic Bakery
604 Santa Barbara Street
Cinnamon Roll Price: $3.50 each
Rating: [3/3 eds]

Last Saturday morning, after a delightful stroll through the Farmer's Market on Cota Street, I felt the familiar hunger gurgle in my stomach. You know the type, the "you-better-feed-me-now-before-I-get- hangry" feeling. For those who aren't familiar, hangry is the irritable sensation one experiences when hungry, often causing that person to become snappy or rude until immediately cured by something filling and delicious. Right as I was contemplating my soon to be hangry fate, I looked up. In between the stand of colorful kale and organic pistachios, stood a white Victorian home with pink shutters and a large sign that read "Cinnamon Rolls." Like a sugar craved zombie I stumbled through the gluten intolerant and dairy free crowd to Recipe's Bakery across the street.

Recipe's Bakery is the cutest restaurant in town. Their set-up is warm and comfortable like a modern version of a grandparent's home. Their large dining table will make you feel welcome to sit down and wait for freshly baked food to arrive in front of you, just like at grandma's.

Their menu has way more to offer than cinnamon rolls, too. Extensive espresso drinks, a plethora of pastries, and numerous tasty breakfast items. I, of course, ordered a cinnamon roll with a chai latte while my girlfriend ordered the jalapeño biscuit sandwich with an Australian long black coffee.

The inside was pretty crowded so we opted to sit at the picnic tables on their back patio. While seated, I had to Google what an Australian long black coffee is. In college I was a barista, wearing a good ol' green apron and everything, so I thought I knew my coffee drinks. Upon researching, this is a beverage made with espresso and hot water, which in my days at the 'Bux was called an Americano. After a little more research there seems to be a slight difference between Long Black and Americano coffees. Australian Long Black coffee (commonly found in Australia) is when espresso is poured into hot water to keep the crema intact resulting in a stronger flavor. An Americano might possibly be made with hot water added secondly to espresso which destroys the crema and gives it a more bitter flavor. I'm pretty sure most baristas would make them in the Long Black version yet call them Americanos. How did I used to make them? Whichever was the fastest, those lines were long and people wanted their caffeine!

Coffee is pictured at the top with the chai at the bottom. Now that we got that coffee lesson out of the way, let me tell you that this was the best chai latte I have ever tasted, and that's not the hangry monster talking. Shortly after having my first few sips, the glorious food arrived. My cinnamon roll completely cured me and I could have easily devoured a couple more.

When my plate arrived.

2 minutes later.

The jalapeño biscuit sandwich with grilled tomato, bacon, egg, cheddar cheese, and a side of fruit salad. I had one bite and this completely melted in my mouth. If sweets aren't your thing, this is a fantastic alternative, but be sure to check if it's on the special menu for the day!

Recipe's Bakery is relatively new, it opened in 2012, but they already have a strong following. Ditch your farmer's market diet and walk across the street. You won't be disappointed.

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Lauren is a member of the Dedicated Staff who is actively creating a list of restaurants to try. Where should she go next? Email her at lauren@edhat.com


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