This post is a day later than I planned, but oh well. As I mentioned in the previous post, I wasn’t content to head home after Patisserie Poupon so I went to Bonaparte Breads. Because of the name of the bakery, I wasn’t sure what the atmosphere would be like. My first thought was that it might be a small bakery with no tables. I was surprised to see this café right on the water in Fells Point, with tables outside too. Right away I was in love.
I originally brought a book into the Patisserie to read and since I didn’t stay long there, I didn’t expect to stay long at Bonaparte. After I entered and saw all of its cozy leather chairs, I immediately regretted leaving my book in the car. It’s a nice quiet place to meet a friend for lunch or curl up with a book and cup of coffee. Did I mention it’s right on the water? Because it’s right on the water. It’s not the greatest view but a cool one nonetheless. Inside of the café, the walls are decorated with numerous portraits of the café’s namesake, Napoleon Bonaparte.
I was still looking for a savory pastry but like Patisserie Poupon, Bonaparte did not have any offered that day. After checking out the lunch menu, I decided to try the quiche. Though the other quiche varieties tempted me, I ordered the quiche epinard (made with eggs, cream, and sauteed spinach) to keep it simple. At the last minute I ordered a chocolate chip cookie as a not-too-fussy dessert to eat later.
The quiche was quite good and very moist, but it was a tad salty for my taste. However, I loved the buttery, flaky crust which for me is just as important as the filling. The salad that came with it was a pretty simple but fresh house salad.
I had the chocolate chip cookie later at home. It had crispy texture which I liked, but it didn’t really have that many chocolate chips. Hmm.
For my quiche lunch, overall I give it a 4 (spot-on). The cookie gets a 2 (meh). I neglected to mention earlier that Bonaparte had massive croissants on display. I was very tempted to buy one, but since I had just eaten one at the Patisserie I was able to pass on it though I’d definitely like to try one in the future.
There was quiche! Ambiance! Napoleon! I enjoyed the quiche and I’d like to try other things on the lunch menu, as well as other desserts even though I didn’t think the cookie was that great. Clearly the atmosphere won me over here, so I would come back to Bonaparte Breads for that. When it gets cooler, I think it would be a great place to have a hot cup of tea and a pastry.