Where is it? What’s the name again? It is Boosalis Baking and Cafe and it is in the shops of Cross Pointe Center in Centerville. If you go there once, you won’t forget this place. We have been spreading the word for weeks now about this cafe. Not only do they have delicious, sophisticated baked goods, but their sandwich menu is excellent as well. It is the perfect place for a Food Adventure.
We were first introduced to the friendly owners of Boosalis Bakery at the “Night Market” at 700 East 4th St. at the old “Yellow Cab Building.” They were selling delicious breads and gave us a great “end of the night deal.” The breads were delicious and we never forgot them.
Then as fate would have it, our new friend and American Idol star, Alexis Gomez asked us to meet her there for lunch… and the rest is a love story. Boy meets croissant, and girls meet pastries. Alexis was right, this place is unbelievable.
So let’s get the scoop on this little-known spot for scones and more…
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— This bakery opened 8 years ago, but has been at 175 E Alex Bell Rd #280, in Cross Pointe Center since August 2014.
— Boosalis Baking & Cafe is open Tues – Fri 7am – 4pm and Sat. 8am-5pm
— Owner Matt Boosalis gets up at 3am each day to prepare the bakery’s old world menu. He is very knowledgeable and constantly taking new classes and traveling to learn European pastry techniques.
— The bakery prides itself on doing things the traditional way, from scratch. They are a throwback to the times of local neighborhood bakeries around the corner, using family recipes and time-honored baking traditions.
— The only fat they use in their recipes is from butter.
It is obvious that the people in this organization know what they are doing. The clean atmosphere, is a welcoming invite to the
fantastic food. But which foods are the best?
Food Adventures has the list in our “MUST EATS” for Boosalis Bakery ….
We have put in our research over the many trips to this Cross Pointe eatery, and here are the results:
— THE CRANBERRY TURKEY SANDWICH: The Big Ragu will go on record saying this is the best turkey sandwich in town. The
bread makes all the difference. Sliced turkey, piled high with lettuce and mayo. Simple, yet remarkable. The home made cranberry bread make the sandwich taste like a fluffy dream.
— THE KOUIGN AMANN PASTRY: You are going to start hearing about these “up and coming” trendy pastries soon. Pronounced “Queen amann,” they are a buttery croissant served like a cupcake. Popularized in Breton, France, these delicate morsels pack a buttery, flavorful punch. These pastries are one of the best things we have ever tasted.
— THE CROSS POINTE CHICKEN PANINI: Warm, cheesy, toasted goodness with turkey, mozarella, and red peppers with a zip of pesto mayo. At $6.95 it is a great deal and a very filling portion. We found ourselves very quiet, as everyone ate this sandwich. It is the kind of panini that you take a bite and it is so good you close your eyes. ** Here is a secret tip, substitute TURKEY for chicken, we think it is better .. just sayin…
— THE CROISSANTS: We could eat 6 of these huge croissants.
Very French, very old school, they remind us of the croissants we have eaten in Toronto, Canada. Curiously buttery tasting and delicious, these are definitely a nod to traditional croissants.
— ARTISIAN BREADS: We loved the French Bread and the Ciabatta most. Amazing what a slice with a little butter and 10 seconds in the microwave can do to your tastebud’s world. Great stuff, great prices and made from scratch.
— THE CALIFORNIA SALAD: Healthy does of greens with madarin oranges and cranberries. A truly unique and refeshing salad if there ever was one. the balsamic vinegarette dresing is the perfect topping and the feta cheese is the perfect finish. California here we come !
— PECAN ROLL: Owner Matt Boosalis says these are best fresh, but we found a couple days later, 10 seconds in the microwave
and they taste fresh again. At any rate, they probably wont last a couple days, they are that good. A sticky, nutty taste that is finger licking material.
— THE TUSCANY PANINI: It starts with homemade French bread. Then they add Salami, Ham, Mozzarella, Roasted Red peppers and Basil Mayo. Served toasted as a gooey, specialty panini. Are you
kidding me? A huge sandwich for around 7 bucks. Get your butt to Boosalis Baking & Cafe, you wont regret experiences like these.
All in all, we were very impressed with Boosalis Bakery. The staff is super friendly and the atmosphere is a small deli, with limited seating. Still it is a fun, cozy place. Most importantly the food is this incredible homemade menu and the prices are right. We hope to see more people discover them like we did. We know we will be back again and again,
and you will too ! This is what Food Adventures is about at its core. Finding little known gems, and exposing them to the masses.
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