Behind Moozy's marble counter, beneath a chalkboard menu teeming with multicolored words, there sits a veritable mountain range of ice cream and sundae toppings. And that's to say nothing of the self-serve frozen yogurt machines, which churn out low-fat flavors such as blueberry tart and creamy vanilla. If you're daunted by the variety of frozen desserts (30+ flavors of ice cream, plus a dozen yogurt flavors), start with something savory from the sandwich and salad menu.
Geoff & Drew's team of talented bakers excite the senses, enliven celebrations, and spoil dinners with rich, chewy gourmet cookies and brownies forged using generations-old recipes. The hardworking cookie crafters place a high value on freshness, shunning preservatives, trans fats, and decade-old play-dough, while only shipping right-out-of-the-oven treats that are made in small batches each day, gaining them national acclaim. Their tempting treats serenade sweet teeth of all kinds with varieties including their double-fudge cookies, which send endorphins rushing throughout bodies with their heavy doses of velvety chocolate. When they're not stuffing still-warm cookies and brownies into colorful, festive boxes, Geoff & Drew's owners and employees give back to the community through their support of nonprofits and charities such as Share Our Strength.
Sevan Bakery has been bringing a taste of Armenia to the Watertown community for more than 40 years. It all started in 1971, the year the family-owned bakery first began baking fresh breads like Armenian pida, lavash, and simit––a savory, sesame ring filled with cheese or olive paste. Then, in 1984, the family decided their neighbors were ready for more, and so they began preparing generations-old family recipes that, like their beloved baked goods, are made from-scratch each day. Now, when customers drop by for crusty French loaves or savory boregs (turnovers), they can also grab ready-to-eat entrees and side dishes such as kibbeh, lentil pilaf, or stuffed grape leaves. But that's only the beginning––today, Sevan Bakery has grown into a full international food market, offering a unique selection of nuts, cheeses, herbs, oils, wines, and other specialty foods that are rarely found outside a United Nations potluck dinner.
Lilly’s Cafe & French Bakery owners Alex and Susan sate sweet and savory cravings with a lineup of deli-style sandwiches, pastries, and renowned specialty cakes. Lunchtime trips to Lilly's replenish flagging bodies like a puff of nutrient-rich steam with hearty deli sandwiches prepared with fresh ingredients including Boar's Head meats and cheeses. The mediterranean-chicken sandwich ($6.95) harks back to sunlit walks under Roman arches with a full complement of hummus, roasted red peppers, and lemon oregano on focaccia. Pastry lovers can select from a bouquet of croissants and sweets such as specialty red velvet cupcakes or miniature cheesecakes.
Five decades ago, Kirio Pantelis wheeled a wooden cart around Kalamata, Greece, peddling syrupy sweets to locals. Today, his son and daughter-in-law oversee the American patisserie and café that evolved from these humble roots, nestled in both Brookline and Brighton. The bakery pays homage to its heritage with walnut-studded cakes and tarts that echo back to communal baking in wood-burning Greek ovens, though the shop draws from all over Europe for luxurious ingredients such as chocolate genoise, poached Turkish apricots, and Belgian cocoa. Puffed éclairs, petits fours, and fruit tartlets evoke the patisseries of Paris, and the bakery’s from-scratch gelato transports tasters to Italy without the hassle of concentrating hard enough to teleport.
Along with these sugary delicacies, the Brighton location also dishes up savory, Mediterranean-inspired fare at a café with marble tabletops and loft ceilings. Diners here fork into cold poached salmon, munch on paninis layered with gruyere or house orange-scented sausage, and savor cold sandwiches filled with roasted pancetta.