|Pepperoni pizza kolache|
- If you’ve never been to Kolache Kreations than you are missing out. Not only do they have hand-dipped Hershey’s ice cream in indulgent flavors like Oatmeal Raisin Cookie (not to mention soft-serve, sundaes, and shakes), but their baked goods are enough to make you consider moving to Texas and the heart of their namesake pastry. Kolaches aren’t just for breakfast either. I recently picked up their new pepperoni pizza kolache. Man, this thing is good. The goo factor on the mozzarella is the stuff New York pizza places aim to achieve, while the kick of the thick pepperoni slices and sweet sauce just come together classically within the sweet, doughy pastry. Think a Hot Pocket that actually tastes good. Like really good.
- If you’re more inclined for something crunchy rather than gooey, just head a quarter mile down the road to Bon Appetit Bakery. I might not be able to pronounce half the baked goods, but I recently discovered soboru bread. For just a buck, you can get these spongy and rich sweet rolls with a variety of flavor combinations. Try the one with a peanut topping. The taste is rich and sweet and bright, with notes of butter and cream. Yet there’s a surprisingly airy nature within the dough, and the peanut topping provides plenty of textural contrast. In an odd way, it reminds me of a Marco Polo bagel from Wegmans.
- Speaking of bagels, I really don’t think there’s a better place in Howard County for bagels than Einstein Brothers on Route 40. Sure it’s a chain, but so what? Dennis, one of the mangers, is a great guy who has been keeping people coming back for years (along with the bottomless coffee and iced coffee!) It’s a great place to grab breakfast or lunch on summer days now that they have a shaded patio space. I’m partial to the cinnamon sugar bagel for a post run treat. It’s got all the sweet cinnamon taste of a donut, but that addictive and guilty pleasure buttery taste to glaze it over. So good, you won’t even need one of there signature schmears!