Pina Colada Muffins
Raspberry Almond Oat Muffins
Carrot Walnut Muffins
Cinnamon Twist / Lemon Loaf
Glazed Donut / Pecan Pie
Thrice impressed by the cooking at Kitchen Table and seeing an evolution in the pastries from Michael Russ II each and every time it was eschewing thoughts of store-bought doughnuts or Panera that I suggested the young man’s pastries as a treat for voluntary Saturday clinic, over two dozen items picked up before the restaurant’s opening with Chef Nunez and two others already hard at work.
Having already sampled many of the selections, a few novel items taking the place of others from the mind of a team that never seems to rest, it was within moments of the 8am start time that the first of several medical assistants, nurses, desk staff, administrators and physicians entered my office and reading descriptions the lone Lemon Bar disappeared quickly as did the elongated Cinnamon Roll, a half-dozen Pina Colada Muffins that were moist with Pineapple and notes of Coconut also soon to see an empty plate with myself fortunate to snag just a half.
Breaking off bites of the best English Toffee I’ve ever tasted, a gift from a diabetic patient who acknowledged the fact that he loved to make the stuff even though he no longer indulged in its intake as much as he’d like, a lone glazed donut was selected by one of my colleagues arriving late and although “healthier” options including Carrot Cake with Walnuts and Raspberry with Oats plus Almonds went more slowly for unknown reasons, both were every bit as good as the ingredients would suggest, those not getting a taste unfortunately committing an unfortunate oversight.
Presumably saving the best for last, a case of the early bird…or delivery man…getting first choice it was after a few patient encounters that tastes were taken of Chef Russ’ Pistachio Donut that several had already raved about, the weighty brioche pockets stuffed with mildly sweet-yet-natural custard easily amongst the most well crafted Donuts in The Valley while a personal-sized Pecan Pie turned up the sweetness significantly, the toasty top crackling to the tooth with a nearly-liquid brown sugar center oozing forth the golden, buttery base.
RECOMMENDED: Pistachio Donut, Pecan Pie, Carrot Walnut Muffin.
SPECIAL THANKS: From the Southwest Medical Associates Saturday morning Subspecialties Clinic Staff to Michael, Antonio, and Javier for providing us with such a bounty and for continuing to raise the bar in Henderson and the Southeast Valley.