Ohlala French Bistro, Las Vegas NV

Ohlala French Bistro

Baguette – Butter

Royal Charcuterie – Bayonne Ham, Saucisson, Smoked Duck Breast, Coppa, Foie Gras, Boudin, Jambon de Paris, Bresaola, Mustard, Cornichons

Le Tout Cheese – Chevre, Brie, Reblochon, Mozzarella, Cornichons

French Onion Soup – Onions, Vegetable Broth, Gruyère Cheese

Escargots – Snails, Parsley Butter, Shallots, Garlic

L’Endive Salad – Belgian Endive, French Blue Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Vinaigrette

Sole Meunière – Pan-seared Sole, Brown Butter, Garlic, Capers, Lemon, Asparagus, Parsley

Carbonara Pasta – Fettuccine, Bacon, Onions, Cream Sauce, Raw Egg Yolk

Rack of Lamb – Garlic, Rosemary, Sautéed Zucchini

Double Espresso – Ice

Chocolate Liegeois – Chocolate Ice Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream, Homemade Chocolate Ganache, Homemade Vanilla Whipped Cream

Described as a modern French Bistro near Desert Shores in Summerlin Ohlala has done a remarkable job of accruing good word of mouth for nearly two years despite a lack of advertising, its shopping plaza location not really standing out save for Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen though that may actually be part of the reason as such a space allows for both modest prices and expectations.

Not exactly a “destination” part of Sin City, the proliferation of chains in an HOA-heavy ‘burb well-suited to moneyed clientele that likely feels the epitome of dining in Paris is a smoky Café along the Seine, Ohlala French Bistro is operated by Richard Terzaghi who last owned an Osteria in San Francisco, the owner’s “half French-half Italian” background announced unprompted when explaining why the Restaurant features Mozzarella on its Cheese Plate and Tiramisu on the Dessert Menu.

Filling a prior Restaurant space next to Starbucks, the décor a mish-mash of Pier One ideas, chandeliers and seating ranging from steel bar stools to plush leather banquets, it was shortly after 7/8 of the group was seated that Beverages were poured and Specials described, Richard himself a charming front-of-house sort that genuinely seems to care about customer experience.

Offering a smallish Wine List divided between France and California with fair markups and Food that focuses on France with occasional diversions it was after the final diner arrived that two sharable plates were served alongside outsourced Baguette, the “Royal Charcuterie” a great value allowing all to get a taste of eight different Meats for just $27 while “Le Tout Cheese” brought only one highlight in the “stinky French” Reblochon that apparently warranted three mentions, the rest nothing better than one might find at Walmart and not done any favors by the lone condiment of Pickles.

Most impressed by the smoked Duck amongst the Meats, a plate of Escargot ordered by someone who feigned knowledge of “real” French Food but only ate one Snail smothered in Butter and Herbs also showing well, suffice it to say that although edible the French Onion Soup is in desperate need of some Salt or Beef to match-up against the likes of Bardot or Andre’s while “L’Endive” Salad is far more bitter than it reads thanks too questionable “candying” of the Nuts and Mustard in its Dressing.

Sharing Appetizers but ordering Mains separate, the lack of Duck on Summer’s menu a disappointment to many, it was after considering $32 Lamb which others seemed to enjoy that the decision was made to instead select Sole Meunière, the Escargot-ordering aficionado declaring it “too buttery” while three others including this writer found it nicely prepared and well-balanced by Capers and Citrus, though the limp Asparagus would have benefitted from a little less cooking time.

Allowed to taste another diner’s Fettuccine Carbonara before moving onto Dessert, the heavy use of Cream and thus unnecessary Egg Yolk creating something far richer than delicious and utterly confusing as relates to “authenticity,” it was with a Double Espresso from Illy washing the palate that a Sundae of outsourced Ice Cream and housemade toppings was served in a Jar, nothing about it remarkable or worth $9 but still a fine Sundae.

THREE STARS: Positioned in an area lacking for quality Restaurants Ohlala capitalizes by serving French Classics at a fair price, the results generally good and service exemplary though most dishes fall short in one way or another while décor and ambiance leave a lot to be desired compared to Andre’s or Marche Bacchus , let alone Bouchon and Bardot.

RECOMMENDED: Royal Charcuterie, Sole Meunière, Escargot.

AVOID: French Onion Soup, Pasta Carbonara, Le Tout Cheese.

TIP: 11a-10p Tuesday through Friday, 5p-10p Saturday and Brunch 10a-2p Sunday in addition to Dinner. Free Dessert available via Yelp! Check-in.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Flock & Fowl Catering, Las Vegas NV

Flock & Fowl Catering

Miso Black Garlic Hummus, Scallion Pancakes, Crudite

Springrolls, Sweet Chile Sauce

Chicken Wings, Angry Sauce, Honey Butter

The Hot Flock Sando – Fried Chicken Breast, Sichuan Chili Oil, Flock Sauce, House Slaw, Doug’s Egg Bread

Bang Bang Chicken Noodle Salad – Sichuan Chili, Cucumbers, Peanut Dressing, Preserved Mustard Greens

Mixed Berry Cheesecake

If one wants to know why some Restaurants are favored for catering by Big Pharma while others are overlooked they need only look up the dictionary definition of “convenient,” and though recent changes by the legislature will likely also make cost a factor the best thing a locally run business can do to gather industry dollars is make things easy, accurate and timely – none of these especially the case for Flock & Fowl DTLV though the Food was expectedly delicious.

Still new to delivery despite years in the Restaurant business, Sheridan and Jenny’s unique path to a place downtown recently seeing Chef Su receive a prestigious James Beard Foundation Semi-Finalist nod, it was with an order arranged and paid for some 48-hours prior that Food was delivered fifteen minutes later than anticipated, phone-calls to numbers on both the website and one suggested by Google unanswered as the Restaurant does not open until 5pm, the elevator system in the office further contributing to the delay as early shift employees saw more than 1/3 of their break wasted.

Eventually unpacked and arranged, the absence of two bought-and-paid-for items necessitating reimbursement and repeat apologies but thankfully no excuses, it was using serviceware left over from Andre’s Bistro that items were plated by hungry staff, most’s first bite from either red hot “Angry Sauce” Chicken Wings or those tossed in Honey Butter, travel time doing nothing to harm crispiness that won Flock & Fowl a city-wide competition in March and all sixty gone within minutes despite smaller than expected attendance.

Always a challenging group to please, several picky eaters plus a few intolerances or “allergies” to be accounted for, it was much to the delight of all that Flock & Fowl’s Spring Rolls were flavorful and not overly ‘sour’ with Cabbage, the dipping Sauces also making a good impression on the Rolls or atop Scallion Pancakes intended to be dipped in creamy Garlic Hummus that had healthier members of the group swooning while those who turned up their nose in the past at Purple Potato or Portion Control expectedly took a pass.

Omitting Flock Fries that would have undoubtedly proved popular with this group, the result thus being more people forced to give Sheridan’s Bang Bang Chicken Noodle Salad a chance, it was even after many went back for seconds of thick Noodles more ‘heated’ than spicy that half a tray remained as leftovers, though this certainly was not the case with a crispy Chicken Breast on fluffy Brioche from Doug Taylor that got devoured quickly with cooling Slaw set against Chili Oil nor the Cheesecake which didn’t exactly present well sliced thin, though that did not really seem to matter as all off it was gone within minutes with several second-shifters likely never even getting a chance to see a fluffy multi-layered wedge.

N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone suffice it to say that this will hopefully be a learning experience for Jenny and Sheridan, the likelihood of this particular Company doing repeat business probably low but the Food definitely confirming Flock & Fowl’s capabilities and presenting even more reason to visit the actual Restaurant downtown.

RECOMMENDED: Miso Black Garlic Hummus with Scallion Pancakes, Honey Butter Wings, The Hot Flock Sando, Bang Bang Chicken Noodle Salad.

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: www.flockandfowl.com/catering-and-private-dining for costs and available items.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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La Flor de Michoacan (East Charleston,) Las Vegas NV

La Flor de Michoacan Paleteria & Ice Cream

Samples: Pistachio, Corn, Cheese, Chamoy, Mango

Tres Leches with Glazed Strawberries

Arroz con Leche

Choco-Flan

Guava Cheese Ice Cream and Yellow Plum Sorbet with dried Fruit and Nuts

A longtime member of the “if ever in the area” list it was after late Lunch that a stop was made at La Flor de Michoacan Paleteria & Ice Cream on East Charleston, a sneaky suspicion that the area is probably not so safe at night set aside prior to 5pm though the staff was hit and miss in terms of making guests feel welcome.

In reality one of several similarly named locations in Las Vegas, whether the stores are all related uncertain as offerings differ from one to the next, it is immediately on entry that diners will notice a functional Bakery stocked with a limited number of Pastries and Cakes, one man wearing a hairnet perfectly pleasant in procuring three items from the case despite limited English.

Moving next to the attached Ice Cream shop, a youthful server stepping up to offer samples while an older heavy-set female barked in Spanish at two men waiting by the Restroom before questioning food photography as “weird” for the first time since perhaps 2012, it was from large spoonfuls of Ice Cream and Sorbet that the decision was made for two scoops, a total bill of $10.29 no doubt cheap considering both weight and variety.

Assuming Ice Cream to be outsourced, the young man stating “we just got that one this morning” in reference to Yellow Plum Sorbet that tasted precisely like a fresh Nectarine, it was atop a scoop of smooth Guava-Cheese that the ball was packed and topped lightly by Nuts and dried Fruit, bites of Corn and Mango also compelling while Chamoy, Pistachio and a flavor that tasted like Strawberries and Rice Krispies Treats which no one could translate all came across overly sweet.

Moving next to Baked Goods, the Aguas Frescas, Popsicles and packaged Fruits all passed over but popular amongst a largely Hispanic clientele, it was after just two bites that overly thick Rice Pudding was discarded, the Choco-Flan faring far better in its Cake Layer than the rubbery Custard while Tres Leches fortunately featured a good Sponge and plenty of Milk that was not overwhelmingly sweet save for the area directly beneath a thickly glazed Strawberry.

TWO AND A HALF STARS: Well priced and offering good variety it seems La Flor de Michoacan would be better served by a closer focus on quality and guest experience, though there are definitely some good items and workers amidst the rest.

RECOMMENDED: Guava Cheese Ice Cream, Yellow Plum Sorbet, Tres Leches.

AVOID: Pistachio Ice Cream, Flan, Rice Pudding.

TIP: 9a-9p daily.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Good Pie [3,] Las Vegas NV

Good Pie

Upside down Grandma Slice in homage to L&B Spumoni Gardens

Garlic Bread

House Salad with Urban Seed Greens and Honey-Citrus Vinaigrette

Garlic Knot

Meatball Roll with Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, Garlic Confit Oil and Pork-Beef Meatballs

Apparently a day for offering feedback beyond the typical ‘reviews’ it was after the lunch rush that a visit was made to Good Pie, Vince Rotolo and his team celebrating their four month anniversary by featuring a few Specials with more to come as Summer approaches quickly.

Turning a corner early in its lifespan thanks to Vincent’s investment in the downtown community, a win at the Back of House Brawl and good business from local law firms helping along a space that suffers from a location tucked in the back corner of Pawn Plaza, it was as a few take-out orders were called in that Chef Rotolo was found in typically good spirits, just he and one employee present but the window stocked with Slices as well as Garlic Knots and a few Salads.

Last seen by way of catering that had colleagues calling Good Pie “the best Pizza I’ve ever tasted,” the Grandma-style and Vince’s passionate discussion of its history winning over fans who’d never given much thought to the worldwide love of Pizza, it was in homage to both Grandma and New York’s L&B Spumoni Gardens that teeth cracked through a thin and crispy Crust protected from 3-fold the normal amount of Sauce by Cheese, everything about the idea an upgrade on the Brooklyn legend, though fans of thicker Dough may disagree.

Further improving the décor since late February, Mets and Brooklyn Dodgers paraphernalia joining a Caputo display plus more Grandmas for the wall, it was in follow-up to the slice that Chef Rotolo rolled out a new daily special intended to be served at lunch, Good Pie’s version of a Stromboli slightly larger than the typical Meatball Hero or Hoagie and faring far better thanks to Pizza Dough allowed to rise around it plus Vince’s Tomato Sauce and top-quality Mozzarella.

Offering both a Caesar and House Salad for the health-conscious, each punching above their pricetag thanks to Greens from Urban Seed plus housemade dressing including a honeyed-Vinaigrette, it is finally after a few tweaks that Good Pie is proud to serve Garlic Knots that unravel to a light pull with flaky insides and plenty of flavor, the still-in-the-works Bread proving even more aromatic and already better than most – no simple Butter and Garlic Powder here, but instead whole Cloves cooked and preserved in Oil forming the backbone to a soft and toothsome Loaf.

FIVE STARS: Evolving the concept daily, Pizza and passion never a problem for Rotolo no matter where he is cooking, a look at Good Pie four months in shows signs of continued excellence with more good things soon to come.

RECOMMENDED: Detroit Style Good Time, The Good White Grandma Pie and Gluten Free Pies were all hits when catered while this visit was highlighted by the Knots and Upside Down Grandma Slice.

AVOID: N/A, though some might find the House Salad’s Dressing a bit too sweet.

TIP: Open 11am daily with online or phone orders available, delivery offered via Postmates within a 5-mile radius.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Lulu’s Bread and Breakfast [4,] Las Vegas NV

Lulu’s Bread & Breakfast

Cannoli Doughnut

Strawberry-Lemonade Doughnut

Fat Elvis Goes Camping – Banana, Peanut Butter, Toasted Fluff, Graham Cracker, Chocolate Drizzle, Maple Syrup

Metro-style Square Pie – Sausage, Peppers, Potatoes, Mozzarella, Gouda (half Onion)

Raisin Custard Danish

Rare to make a drive north for anything other than Metro Pizza or Lulu’s Bread & Breakfast it was once again on Saturday morning that the day’s first meal was served by Chris Decker, discussion about Food and travel filling the time between bites of several new or upcoming items.

Now delighting guests for over five years at 6720 Skypointe Drive, a twenty minute drive to Centennial the only reason visits to Lulu’s do not happen with more frequency, it was immediately on entry that the familiar voice of a woman present at every visit since October 2013 chimed “Hey Baby, how you doing?,” a cup of good Coffee quickly poured from the fill-your-own station and Chef Decker soon emerging with two sugar-coated Brioche Donuts – one piped full of tangy Strawberry-Lemonade Custard and the other with Chocolate-studded Cannoli Cream.

Impressed but not surprised by the fried Dough, similarities to the quality seen at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in terms of texture unavoidable and appropriate, it was not long after both Bombolini were finished that a hefty plate of French Toast ready to be offered on Father’s Day was presented, Decker’s Bread Pudding-style “Fat Elvis” recently spotlighted on national television further upgraded by Chocolate, Graham Crackers and toasted Marshmallows with reference to campground favorite S’mores.

Never foolish enough to turn down Pizza from someone so skilled in the art, all Metro locations visited performing well but real magic occurring when Decker or John Arena are stretching and topping the Dough, it was with one of Lulu’s light and fluffy Danishes packed for later that something Chris is working on for an upcoming competition was served, the Crust slightly thicker than Grandma-style crisp but still offering a good chew well complimented by two styles of Cheese, house Sausage and roasted Peppers plus Potatoes.

N/A: Not really ‘reviewing’ but instead given a chance to offer feedback on a few ideas the only thing to be said is that the Lulu’s/Metro complex is better now than ever before…and perhaps that the Pizza’s mouthfeel is better off without Onions.

TIP: The Fat Elvis goes Camping will be offered this weekend and Doughnuts are already offered, though Chef Decker claims over a hundred types of filling are in the works for a weekly rotation coming soon.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Plantone’s Italian Market [3,] Las Vegas NV

Plantone’s Italian Market

Fried Ravioli – Cheese Ravioli, Marinara

Pizza Fries – Steak Fries, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, Ricotta Cheese, Meatballs

Chicken Parmesan with Fettuccine – Marinara Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, Parmesan, Parsley, Garlic Bread

Pizza Bianca – White Sauce, Ground Sausage, Caramelized Onions, Fontina Cheese, Grated Parmesan, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Nutella, Banana, Strawberry Calzone

Twice visited in the past and thrice utilized for catering it was alongside three adults and a child that dinner service was finally sat down to at Plantone’s Italian Market on Friday, past experience yielding a superior Pizza than those ordered for Take-Out but the rest of a five-item order again showing inconsistency, though nothing was particularly “bad.”

Now approaching 18-months of service and busy on this particular evening, a heavier prominence on Social Media and updated online Menus perhaps finally spreading the word of Glenn Plantone’s tribute to Uncle Tony, it was just prior to 5pm that guests grabbed a high-top before placing an order, the lack of Happy Hour specials admittedly surprising in the setting of a 5/23/18 Instagram post though overall cost remains affordable.

Sticking to counter-style ordering that only serves to confuse first-timers, some thirty feet separating menus from the register, it was shortly after paying the tab that a number and cups for self-service Beverages were provided, items rolling out one-by-one with an entrée of Chicken Parm arriving first, the pounded Breast juicy and light in oil though the Pasta was still too watery which led to Sauce already under-spiced being thinned out and mostly left to waste.

Next receiving six fried Ravioli, the texture fine but neither Cheese Filling nor Sauce doing much to compel anyone to finish one remaining, it was here that a “well done” Pizza Bianca substituting Sausage for Chicken was delivered, the crust still a far cry from Sin City’s best due to a lack of leavening but toppings all mingling well with sautéed Onions playing well off crumbled Pork and Fontina.

Rounding out savories with previously “secret menu” Pizza Fries, the Steak-cut Spuds flaccid even in areas not saturated with Sauce or added Ricotta, it was with far less attention to visuals than the one pictured online that a Nutella Calzone was finally sliced, the cost of $10.95 for “Calzone of Day BYO” as listed on the receipt not noticed till later inexplicably higher than the Nutella Pizza regardless of the suggested “1/2 off Happy Hour” which was nowhere to be found.

TWO STARS: Apparently achieving at least some notoriety as of late, though the odd order of delivery with Dessert preceding Fries makes one wonder if the kitchen can keep up with even a 33% filled dining room, Plantone’s Italian Market simply does not have what it takes to compete with other locals such as Naked City or Metro let alone the likes of Esther’s Kitchen where Appetizers such as stuffed Zucchini Blossoms only cost a few bucks more than the fried Ravioli and handmade Pasta is the same price as Chicken Parm atop watery boxed Noodles.

RECOMMENDED: Asking for Pizzas to be well-done.

AVOID: Pasta, Pizza Fries.
TIP: 11a-9p Sunday through Thursday and open until 10pm Fridays and Saturdays, Happy Hour supposedly 4p-7p daily.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Andre’s Bistro & Bar Catering, Las Vegas NV

Andre’s Bistro & Bar Catering

Tuna Nicoise Salad with Green Beans, Olives, Sundried Tomatoes, Butter Lettuce

Tomato & Burrata Salad with Peaches and Sherry Vinaigrette

Quiche with Bacon and Comte Cheese

Porchetta & Raclette Cheese on Baguette with Dijon and Caramelized Onions

Roasted Chicken Breast on Baguette with Cajun Aioli, Sundried Tomatoes, Arugula, Havarti Cheese

Andre’s Cuban on Baguette with Pork Tenderloin, Jambon de Paris, Gruyere Cheese, Cornichon Relish, Whole Grain Mustard

Mediterranean Vegetables on Ciabatta with Basil Pistou, Raclette Cheese

Fudge Brownie

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookie

Chocolate Chip Cookie

With yet more changes at Andre’s Bistro & Bar, Mark Purdy now apparently out while Chris Bulen and Kevin Lopez have put Gastromix on hold to help, it was for a catered lunch that General Manager Joe Marsco came to the office on Friday, several new items from the “a la minute French Market” menu showing great quality and plenty of value for the dollar.

Offered Monday through Friday from 11am until 4pm at the Restaurant on Fort Apache Road, the catering option carrying a minimal delivery fee and presented by platter or individual meals, it was with the former selected that several bowls and trays were delivered precisely at the time requested, the available selections easily accommodating all varieties of likes, allergies and aversions.

Ranging $9.50 – $11.00 per Sandwich with Salads a bit extra, well within the budget of Pharmaceutical Representatives otherwise happy to settle for Panera or Café Zuppa at similar cost, it was with some skepticism that inexperienced staff first approached a bowl of what they believed to be “Marshmallow Fluff” before being informed that it was in fact soft Cheese amongst Peaches and Tomatoes, those who tasted it immediately open to a whole new appreciation of what “Salad” can be while others instead opted for seared Ahi on a bed of Lettuce with crisp Green Beans, Olives and sweet Sundried Tomatoes.

Only reopened for lunch recently, the retooled menu more approachable and easily fit into an hour, it was next of fluffy Quiche on a buttery Shell that bites were taken, the Sandwiches to follow highlighted by Porchetta beneath melted Raclette on a housemade Baguette plus the Roasted Chicken Breast that came across juicy amidst more Sundried Tomatoes tinged with smoky Aioli.

Finding Andre’s Cuban a bit too heavy with Mustard for personal tastes, the removal of half yielding a far more balanced bite while the marinated Vegetables on Ciabatta sang thanks to aromatic Pesto, it was finally in Desserts from Tammy Alana that Lunch came to a conclusion, the soft Chocolate Chip Cookie with a crunchy halo gone fast while both a dense Fudge Brownie and toothsome Oatmeal Cookie with Butterscotch were quick to follow.

N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone suffice it to say that Andre’s Bistro & Bar exceeded expectations with the French Market Menu in terms of cost as well as quality.

RECOMMENDED: Tomato & Burrata Salad, Quiche, Porchetta & Raclette Sandwich, Roasted Chicken Sandwich, Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookie.

AVOID: Despite great ingredients the Cuban got a bit overwhelmed by too much Mustard.

TIP: Contact the Restaurant directly for catering orders or check out their Yelp! page for online ordering.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Konditori Bananza, Stockholm SE

Konditori Bananza

Budapest Roll

Chokladboll

Katalan

Tosca

Likely to stumble across occasional mediocrity when seeking greatness it was at Konditori Bananza that Stockholm’s Fika first failed, the store at Ringvägen 36 far less fanciful than others in the area with a small selection and customer service that seemed to feel hassled by patrons rather than grateful that a visitor had walked through their doors.

Per the website recently undergoing a change in ownership, the Café and Tea Room previously praised by some for offering one of Sweden’s best White Lady Cakes and seasonal Semla featuring only half-stocked shelves at 09h30 on a Monday, it was with just one other man sipping Coffee on the patio that questions were abruptly answered and four items gathered for Cash-only, the clerk’s surprisingly limited English fluency perhaps playing part in the situation.

Sitting down with one plate and a bag outdoors, Bananza’s Budapest Cake replacing Berries offered elsewhere with Orange Slices that were matched to Milk Chocolate and Vanilla Cream, it was from here that two of three items ordered repeatedly at other Bakeries fell flat, the Tosca dry and gritty beneath Nuts and a Chocolate Ball flavored more like Oats than Cocoa or Coconut while the Katalan thankfully propped up everything else by way of its buttery center surrounded by a double-layer of Jam.

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Fabrique Stenugnsbageri (Rosenlundsgatan,) Stockholm SE

Fabrique Stenugnsbageri

Hallon Grotta

Almond Brownie

Kardemumma Bulle

Wallonbulle

Chokladboll

With perhaps a dozen storefronts speckled around Stockholm it was during a full day of eating and sightseeing that a stop was made at Fabrique, the fact that it is a chain not nearly as damning as such things are in America since each Bakery employs an actual Baker to come in and prepare items from good ingredients with proper technique daily.

Selecting this particular Fabrique amongst the others purely out of convenience, three additional Bageris and Konditoris found along a path culminating at Fotografiska, it was shortly after entering that a young lady emerged from the back to assist with an order, the fact that everything looks better than most “Artisan” Bakeries back home because they are, even the porcelain plates and seating options detail oriented.

Focusing on traditional Fika for the most part, a few novel items additionally ordered and rarely seen across two-dozen Bakeries stretching from the Capital to Järvsö, Gavle and Åre, it was with the Cardamom Bun falling short of a world-class version at Petrus that attention switched to a similar Roll topped with Walnuts, both these and Almonds studding a dense Chocolate Brownie upgrading their base by way of Salt and subtle smokiness.

Next sampling a Cookie listed as Hallon Grotta, essentially a thick Shortbread Thumbprint filled by sticky Raspberry Jam, it was once again that Chokladboll rounded things out, this one a little more ‘chalky’ than most as a result of too little Oats and Coconut, though the Chocolate was quite Dark and pleasant with a slightly fruity linger.

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Bageri Petrus, Stockholm SE

Bageri Petrus

Coffee

Kardemumma Bulle

Butter Croissant

Chocolate Croissant

Morning Bun

Mjblomma Rabarber

Liked by some respected palates as Stockholm’s best bakery it was for Breakfast on Monday that a visit was made to Bageri Petrus, the baker visibly rolling Dough at a front window and Croissants proofing behind him a good sign even before opening the door to a jolly “Hej Hej” from two young ladies at the counter.

Located near the center of Södermalm and likened to the great bakeries of France despite Petrus’ relatively young age, limited indoor and outside seating making it more a true Cafe than some of Sweden’s Artisan Bageris, guests entering will soon have their vision saturated by items on racks and behind glass, several Swedish classics unavailable and instead replaced by loaves of Bread that rotate daily plus Brioche, housemade Jams and Croissants.

Open weekdays at 07h00 and Saturday an hour later with Sundays offering a day of rest it was after waiting in a queue of locals en route to work that five items plus a cup of Coffee were selected, the decision to start with Petrus’ Cardamom Bun a good one as it allowed a few bites of Butter and Spice to wash over the palate before setting the rest aside and “saving the best for last.”

Moving next to a Butter Croissant, undoubtedly the best amongst a limited sampling in Stockholm thanks to a crisp Shell around insides light and wispy, it was admittedly surprising that the Pain au Chocolat offered equally light layers despite a dense core still warm and slightly molten.

No doubt benefitting by early arrival, the Morning Bun also warm but a little one dimensional thanks to so much Sugar, it was with expected tanginess that Brioche topped in Rhubarb Custard made lips pucker before the mouth adjusted, a return to the Kardemumma Bulle momentarily making one ponder sticking around to sip Coffee while enjoying another.

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Cafe Nizza, Stockholm SE

Cafe Nizza

House Whole Wheat Sourdough, Local Butter

Fried Pike Perch, Apple. Curry Remoulade

Pasta Fermentata, Parmesan, Black Pepper

Tortellini, Veal Brisket, Dashi, Turnips

Caramel Custard Tart, Reduced Milk Ice Cream

Rhubarb and Almond Cake, Whipped Cream

Highly regarded by locals and travel sites it was on a whim that two diners stopped by Cafe Nizza around 20h30 Sunday evening, a location separate from downtown or old town giving the small Italian Restaurant a decidedly locals-only feel plus prices far lower than many presumably more “luxurious” Restaurants planned during a trip to Sweden.

Located at Åsögatan 171 on the landmass south of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s outstanding public transportation making access a matter of minutes from prior dinner at The Flying Elk, it was with al fresco seating full of Swedes that a two-top against an interior window was offered, the menu a well-culled one featuring few signatures and mostly market specials.

Known as perhaps the city’s best place for Pasta, three or four styles made on-site daily in addition to Whole Wheat Sourdough offering a good Crust and fluffy center, it was with an appetizer of fried Perch with aromatic Slaw and shaved Apples quickly consumed that two plates of Noodles were presented, the pockets of Brisket a bit thick and not particularly shown best in Dashi bittered by Turnips while Cafe Nizza’s famous take on Cacio e Pepe fared far better as a result of plenty of melted Cheese and Black Pepper forming a thick Sauce around plump Dumplings.

Serving at a pace that was comfortable and never rushed, plates plus utensils reset by course, it was with tough decisions made that two Desserts were selected out of four, a Caramel Custard Tart highly reminiscent of Sugar Pies offered in Canada but offering a bit more creaminess while the seasonal Rhubarb and Almond Cake was simple and beautiful in its presentation of Sugar-poached Stalks atop a toothsome and buttery base.

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The Flying Elk, Stockholm SE

The Flying Elk

Gougeres with English Cheddar – Chestnut Honey, Fennel Seeds, Black Sarawak Pepper

Deep Fried Pork Rinds – Chipotle Mayonnaise

Salt Poached King Crab – Sauce Hollandaise, Pickled Carrot, Cayenne Pepper

Pan Seared Scallop “Signature” – Truffle Scrambled Eggs, Pommes Paille, Smoked Brown Butter

Triple Cooked Fries

Veal Schnitzel “Björn Frantzén” – Roasted Anchovy Butter, Roasted New Potatoes, Red Wine Jus, Pea Salad

Eton Mess – Raspberries, Lavender, Meringues, Vanilla

Rhubarb Crumble – Violets, Vanilla Custard

Sticky Toffee Pudding – Roasted Hazelnuts, Vanilla Ice Cream, Butterscotch Sauce, Ginger

Having eaten at Michelin 3* Frantzén some thirty hours prior, a study in refinement rarely matched anywhere in worldwide, it was for the first of two dinners that a table was reserved at The Flying Elk, Björn Frantzén’s “Gastropub” yet another space like those from Ramsay and Keller that looks to cash in on its chef’s name without offering good value.

Located in Gamla Stan mere blocks from the original Frantzén but visibly larger in layout, a single floor offering both indoor and outside seating facing water, it was immediately on time at 17h00 that guests approached the hostess stand, indoor seating requested given the sun’s angle but neither windows nor shades offering much protection from rays that had already heated the room past temperatures comfortable for dining.

Offering traditional Scandinavian comfort Foods crafted to Björn’s standards and Cook Book, both it and one dedicated to his daughter with IDDM available for purchase or perusal, it was immediately upon seating that Staff informed diners that Fish and Chips were not available this evening, the Swedish Meatballs featured on a Kids Menu also probably something most Adults will pass on as they cost 10 SEK per year on the planet.

Dividing the offerings into Snacks, Starters, Mains, Classics and Desserts, a Tasting Menu dogmatically offered only to the whole table even if other diners are willing to match course-for-course a la carte at higher cost, it was not long after ordering that sweet and spicy Cheese Puffs landed alongside pricy Pork Rinds, the ~10 SEK per bite cost about 10x what such things cost minus benign Chipotle Dip in Mexico or even the United States.

Charging approximately 200 SEK per Appetizer, luxury ingredients combined with real estate costs and accolades something one must accept to dine at The Flying Elk, it was after requesting more water but before opting to move out of the sun that potted King Crab beneath Citrus Hollandaise and Carrots was joined by “Signature” Scallops, a decidedly decadent dish justifying such a designation with fluffy Eggs and Truffles swimming in Butter at the base and crispy Potatoes on top.

Now re-situated, a self-made choice that did not seem to sit well with the waitress, it was on recommendations that Schnitzel was sharable that just one “Main” was requested, 295 SEK justified by thinly pounded Veal with a crisp yet oilless Crust plus briny Butter, Roasted Potatoes and traditional Red Wine Sauce.

Using the Anchovy Butter liberally on both the roasted Spuds and triple-cooked Fries that even Heston Bumenthal would be happy with it was after deciding to purchase a signed copy of “Lagar mat for sugna diabetiker och annat folk” that sweet tooths were indulged, Frantzén’s Sticky Toffee Pudding not as moist or luxurious as many found in England but both the Eton Mess and seasonal Rhubarb Crumble with a sidecar of Vanilla Custard setting a high standard in terms of flavor, texture and presentation.

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Oaxen Slip, Stockholm SE

Oaxen Slip

Sourdough Bread, Rye Crisps, Butter

Pork Rillettes, Sourdough Bread, Smoked Mayonnaise, Swedish Hard Cheese, Sauerkraut

Oaxen Cold Cuts, Pickled Vegetables, Horseradish

Duck Liver Pate, pan-fried Levain, Pickled Beetroot, Cucumber

French Fries

Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Icing, Caramelized Nuts

Grilled Banana Cake, Coconut Ice Cream, Preserved Lemon

The more casual cousin of Michelin 2* Oaxen Krog it was for Brunch that two sat out on a shaded patio at Oaxen Slip, the popular spot for locals as well as tourists offering a meal that was decent, though not so much in terms of value.

Described best as a Bistro, the location along water looking out on Beckholmen undoubtedly part of Oaxen’s appeal as boats occasionally move across one’s gaze en route to open water, it was shortly after the Restaurant opened that seating was nearly full, a small staff providing service that would generously be called deliberate with “slow” a less pleasant description.

Lined by suspended ships on the inside with nature doing al fresco duties in early Swedish Spring, complimentary Bread and good local Butter quick to arrive, it was after a lengthy delay that orders were placed, the limited weekend menu first providing a hemisected Sandwich topped in creamy Pork Spread along with melted Cheese, Mayonnaise and forgivingly mild Sauerkraut.

Easily finishing the opening volly in a few bites each, a delay dividing this from more Food not unpleasant given the setting despite being inexplicable for Charcuterie, it was all-together that Pork Neck and house-aged Ham arrived alongside pickled Green Tomatoes ruined by Horseradish plus crisp French Fries and creamy Foie Gras hidden beneath Salad, the waitress’ claim that Ketchup was unavailable when trying to sell 30 SEK Mayonnaise immediately disproved when a table of regulars received a ramekin that an alternative server was happy to provide.

Rounding things out with Dessert, an e-mail days prior inquiring about the dinner Bread Pudding stating it could not be ready for Brunch, it was fortunate that Carrot Cake topped in Cream Cheese Frosting and Nuts was excellent because the flat Banana Bread beneath smooth Coconut Ice Cream and Lemon Marmalade so bitter it had to be removed most certainly was not.

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Tössebageriet, Stockholm SE

Tössebageriet Konditori

Coffee

Kardemumma Bulle

Manadens Bulle

Chokladboll

Tosca

Katalan

Budapestbakelse

With Chef Mattias Ljungberg garnering all sorts of notoriety for Mr. Cake one might think Tössebageriet Konditori may have suffered, but based on back-to-back visits it seems as though both spaces have maintained high standards, the former obviously more novel while “Tösse” focuses on traditional Fika served in a classically decorated room.

Originally founded in 1920 by Helga Södermark, another Konditori like Vete–Katten built by a female that has grown into an institution with time, Tössebageriet resides at Karlavägen 77 where it has served locals for nearly one hundred years, the menu rare to change save for seasonal items such as the supposed best-in-Stockholm Semla served during the holidays.

Open weekdays at 7am and two hours later Saturday or Sunday, seating areas inside and out rarely with an open space during early hours and around lunch, it was shortly after entry that a two-top against the far wall became free, six items plated by a young lady at costs lower than Mr. Cake joined by freely-refillable Coffee and tasting started off by a Cardamom Bun indistinguishable from the one Ljungberg offers at his newer Bakery.

Further showing evidence of connections to Mr. Cake with a Doughnut served upright, the name Manadens Bulle used to describe Dough centered by Strawberry Jam, it was only in Tössebageriet’s Katalan that quality dropped off, the base too dense and dry beneath only a bit of Raspberries and Frosting.

Returning to form with a traditional Tosca, Sugar- shellacked Almonds sliced thin atop buttery Cake, it was in a Budapest Cake packed with Raspberries that Tössebageriet shined brightest, each bite of airy Cream and Meringue slightly different from the one prior while a round Chokladboll was equally heterogenous but densely packed in Oats and Coconut Flakes.

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Mr. Cake, Stockholm SE

Mr. Cake

Red Velvet Croissant

Tosca

Morots Kaka

Choklad Ruta

Kardemumma Bulle

Salted Caramel Cake

Rhubarb Doughnut

Solbulle

Although one does occasionally see a touch of America in Swedish culture it is fairly safe to say that Fika throughout Stockholm stick fairly close to tradition, a lone exception found at Rådmansgatan 12 where Mr. Cake has seen guests line up seven days a week since late 2017 for sweets and savories cut from a different fabric and spanning in influence from Grandma’s cookbook to the sort of things offered at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in California.

Operated out of an old Architectural College by two regionally famo