March 21, 2010 Athans
This European bakery is located in Washington Square in Brookline. The shop side is filled with chocolate, gelato, pastry, cookies and cakes. The other side is a coffee bar and cafe seating. You order on the shop side and pick up your food at the coffee bar. There is no table service. The windows look out onto Beacon Street…great for people watching. When we go on the weekends for lunch it has a laid-back coffee house kind of vibe. Saturday night at 9, it’s hopping with young people- a little louder than the quiet weekends here that we are accustomed to.
They were out of a lot of things-but we were able to find some good things. Their menu changes often…so you never know what the expect. I had the caprese wrap-tomato, mozzarella, and basil in a flour tortilla.
Here’s the best part of the meal-the smoothie. You could seriously suck the whole thing down in one sip without even blinking-they are that good. The lemon (top) is super mouth puckering tart. The peach (below) was just peachy deliciousness.
We didn’t get the baklava this time, but they make the second best baklava that I’ve ever had. The best was home made by an old family friend, who happens to be Greek-and how can you beat that? It is flaky phyllo dough made with honey and nuts-soooo gooey and delicious. I like the plain traditional kind the best.
They have a second location in Brighton, MA.
Find us in Washington Square (at the Green Line stop, C line), the corner of Beacon and Washington Streets:
1621 Beacon Street Brookline, MA 02446
Hours: Sunday to Thursday 8AM to 10PM; Friday and Saturday 8AM to 11PM
Find us in Brighton Center at
407 Washington Street Brighton, MA 02135
Hours: Everyday 8AM to 11PM