Monday, December 13, 2010
Bon Appetit Bakery & Cafe In Ellicott City
Bon Appetit Bakery & Cafe has burst on the scene with sweets, bread and sandwiches, although it is all but hidden from Rte 40 in Ellicott City.
The new bakery offers up a Korean-tinged variety accessible to anyone. Sweets for a snack. Cakes for a special occasions. Sandwiches for breakfast or lunch.
And there are red bean donuts. Oh, I love red bean sweets, and Bon Appetit's rice donuts are bulked-up donut holes -- a really nice balance between the filing and the surrounding fried dough.
Check out Bon Appetit because you can't go wrong. The sweets are terrific. Madelines, donuts, mnju, and three kinds of castella. The last two are Japanese pastries, although I only learned that on Wikipedia. Bon Appetit could use some explanations -- a few lines about each variety to tell you what you can buy.
The cakes are obvious. An entire case is filled with formal-looking cakes and tortes. I assume they're a Korean style because I have seen similar ones at La Boulangerie and the bakery at the front of H Mart. Those would make a birthday or an office party. Mrs. HowChow doesn't like cake, so I have never bought one yet.
But the rest of the place is definitely a chance to explore. On Sunday, they were offering green tea donuts. Not my favorites, but certainly something to try. Much of the items are individually wrapped, so you can grab one to try. This time, I tried lightly-salted bread sticks that were crisp and perfect with soup, Next time, I'm going to get the cookies that look like smiley faces.
On top of all the sweets, you can also get sandwiches or bubble tea. You can also get breakfast sandwiches, and the egg sandwiches were cheap. From the effort put into the pastries, I assume that they're paying attention to all tose items as well. I'd love to hear if you lunch there.
(Update: Check out the comments below. I have to be honest that you can go wrong with some of the savory breads. They were tasting a "pizza baguette" that didn't thrill me. Not terrible, but you should eat sweets at Bon Appetit and get your pizza elsewhere.)
(Update 2: In 2011, the Ellicott City Patch also wrote about Bon Appetit.)
If you're driving out to Bon Appetit, consider stopped by the Caspian Market on the same trip. It's in the same shopping center as the Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt shop on the south side of Rte 40. If you drive from Bon Appetit to Rte 29, you pass Caspian on the right. Absolutely worth checking out for a range of Middle Eastern food.
Bon Appetit Bakery & Cafe
10155 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042-3669
NEAR: Bon Appetit is in a brick building on the south side of Rte 40. It's just west of Bethany Lane. The building sits perpendicular to the main road. You need to be driving eastbound to turn into the building so you need to go past and U-turn if you're coming from Rte 29.