We always love stopping at the Original Farmers Market on West Third Street, but we usually just grab a quick doughnut or a slice of pizza. But since the opening of its new bakery, we've begun taking our time there.
Right away, you know Short Cake is unique. The stall has marble counters, artfully arranged baked goods and is festooned with bright vintage cake molds. As you inspect the pastries, knowledgeable counter staff explain they are made with fine ingredients such as Straus creamery butter, TCHO chocolate and, in the case of savory cheddar-corn muffins, thinly sliced hatch chiles.
Other gems include the Comté-and-thyme croissants. We can't decide whether we prefer savory or sweet offerings, which include chocolate-cardamom-cream cake and chewy gingersnap and snickerdoodle cookies.
No matter. We'll be enjoying both sweet and savory all day long, since the stall is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Short Order shares space with another reason to stop by: Single Origin, a coffee company that serves made-to-order pour-over cups (so they take a little longer to make) from Santa Cruz's Verve Coffee Roasters. Yummy and bracing, cups of brew here--like the pastries--are worth our time.
Short Cake, 6333 W. Third St., Stall #316; 323-761-7976 or shortcakela.com