The South End Buttery Market opened at lunch time today at 312-2 Shawmut Avenue next door to the cafe.
The space was formerly the home to Hudson Furniture and it has been completely redesigned. The South End Buttery Market has a fully functioning bakery that will make many of the delectable dishes for sale there and yummy treats you can find next door at the cafe and the soon to open second cafe on Clarendon Street.
The cafe and restaurant next door will continue to sell coffee, tea, baked goods and offer brunch and dinner. The market will have provisions and tempting plates you can take to-go; giving residents in the South End another excuse not to cook. When you are next in the neighborhood stop by and check out this very welcome addition to the South End.
Richard Gordon, owner of The South End Buttery, one of the most popular cafes in Boston and a South End juggernaut serving the neighborhood has been busy remodeling space at 312 Shawmut Ave.
This second location (literally next door to the original shop) will serve two purposes; the back will be additional space for a bakery, and the front is for take out; items available are rumored to be baked goods, food supplies and prepared dishes. All completely delicious – I’m sure.
While Richard has been mum about when work will conclude and he will be ready to open , these photos show the space is nearly ready.
At the risk of expanding my waistline, I enlisted two friends this weekend to help me evaluate where the best chocolate chip cookies are sold in the South End.
The result of this sampling which included a weighted ranking system evaluating taste, appearance and size as key factors from three cookie connoisseurs may surprise you. None of the locations were tipped off that this sampling was going to take place and cookies were randomly selected by the unsuspecting purveyors of chocolate chip cookies. The locations included (alphabetically): Appleton Bakery, Flour, Francesca’s, Jaho, South End Buttery, South End Formaggio and Wholy Grain.
Although photos show the cookies labelled, during the tasting the labels were not visible. Without a doubt the absolute best cookie (unanimously agreed upon by all) was from the bakery at Appleton Cafe with a ranking of 79.5. This cookie scored high in all three categories: taste, appearance and size, and was soft with plenty of good chocolate chips. I had to fight the urge to dip it in my milk. The cookie from Flour bakery was the runner-up scoring 71 points. In my opinion the chocolate used in this cookie was superior to all giving it a rich flavoring.
Listed below is the complete ranking of those bakeries and cafes sampled along with the cost of purchase and final score earned by each cookie.
Much thanks to Ben Samson and Ryan Losey two South End residents and chocolate chip cookie aficionados who helped in the blind tasting.
*Amsterdam Cafe, Berkeley Perk, Blunch, Greenlight Cafe, and Stella Cafe were not included either because they were not open or did not have chocolate chip cookies available at the time of purchase.
Posted in Restaurant Review, South End
Tagged Appleton Cafe, BosGuy, Boston Guy, Flour bakery, Francesca's, Jaho South End, Restaurant Review, South End Buttery, South End Formaggio, Wholy Grain