Grilled cheese, perfect cupcake, oh my
Looking at some good blood sugar numbers this morning this was a day to break all the GLOB Master lunch rules.
Enter Patticakes downtown on the Bo Diddley Community Plaza and a delicious sounding Pattiwich pressed turkey, mozzarella, pesto mayo, roma tomatoes or sun dried tomatoes on Vine Sourdough Bakery bread, $7.50.
I have been thinking about this cupcake shop for lunch for a considerable amount of time. Actually my lunchtime objective today was a mission for a good, cheap hot dog downtown.
No quick, easy hot dogs were found downtown so Patticakes on the Plaza with a grilled, pressed Sammy and a luscious, perfect size cupcake for dessert was an excellent mid-day meal alternative.
I have noticed the PC's grilled, pressed Sammies on other trips to Patticakes. The Vine Sourdogh Bakery bread is a nice touch. The flavorful mayo pesto, and the Roma tomatoes added a sharp, juicy spread to my sandwich. The bread was toasted perfectly. I am into the goo factor of cheese on my Sammie. The mozzarella cheese was interesting albeit stringy and difficult to eat. However the cheese did blend nicely with the sliced turkey to create an interesting base of texture with pronounced turkey white meat flavors.
Now about this Matcha-Lavender cupcake. Here are two flavors/concepts that sounded foreign to the GLOB Master. The Lavender icing was correctly sweet, but not really overly sweet for cupcake icing.
According to the HUNKER website:
"A member of the mint plant family, lavender has a unique and distinctive flavor that separates it from other species of mint. Lavender presents a floral, pungent aroma and flavor." This made sense to me as the icing did have a light floral flavoring.
I've been seeing matcha items around a more and more lately. "Matcha literally means "powdered tea." When you order traditional green tea, components from the leaves get infused into the hot water, then the leaves are discarded. With matcha, you're drinking the actual leaves, which have been finely powdered and made into a solution, traditionally by mixing about a teaspoon of matcha powder with a third cup of hot water"
You know GLOBer looking at the divine , marvelous cupcake image below I think I can see a green tinge of matcha in the flaky looking texture of the cupcake. The matcha cupcake was delicious. That said I am starting to feel like Fido the dog wondering why they put that 'green' pill in my hamburger meatball treat. . .
Dreams become lunch time realities
I remembered Patticakes in front of the Courthouse, on the Northeast corner of Bo Diddley Community Plaza has really delicious cupcakes and headed East on University Avenue.
Walking inside Patticakes I was struck by the regular customers with their locations strategically staked out on Patticakes lone lunch counter.
Books, lap tops, head phones, and drink cups evenly spaced in every other seat left little room for new customers. More so there were six customers in front of me at the counter waiting to order.
The dessert gods must have been watching over the GLOB Master as one of the big dudes in front of me said he, and his three pals, had already ordered and stepped aside so I can peruse the cupcake, sweets counter.
Then I saw it GLOBers. The prize I had been hoping for sat high and proud under glass with a card that read "CHOCOLATE CAPPUCCINO CRUNCH" cupcake. What a masterpiece of confectionery beauty with eye-opening 'nothing but sugar' flavor.
Straightening up I spied the menus on the wall and noticed much to my surprise Patticakes sells lunch in their downtown café. A very nice lunch time selections of entrees are available from paninis, cold sandwiches, a chickpea wrap, and a Spinach Cranberry salad. All the lunch entrees range in price from $7 - $8/
There is also a Patti Mac Special that sounds impressive with corkscrew noodles, cheddar cheese, Mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese topped with panko breadcrumbs & bacon and baked in cast-iron skillet. Patti Mac prices are $5,75 for a small entrée, $8.75 for a large, and you need to allow 15 minutes to prepare. There is a Patticakes restaurant/menu link at the bottom of this review.
With the advise of Patticakes expert staffer Katherine I ordered the Veggie Panini and was pleased the sandwich is served on toasted sourdough bread from the Vine Bakery with a choice of sun dried or sliced tomato mozzarella cheese, homemade pesto mayo and spinach
Squeezing into my position on long lunch counter I was stuck by the interesting view out to Bo Diddley Community Plaza and the old Historical clock. As my Sandwich was being presented to me In the background I heard the Daryl Hall & John Oates tune You Make My Dreams Come True.
My Panini lunch was special with loads of melted cheese oozing out all around the crunch crusted bread. The spinach and tomato magically intermingled with the cheese offering bites of crunch and flavor amidst the dripping, oozing white cheese. As good as the sandwich was the toasted sourdough bread with a fabulous crunch and chewy crust made my Meatless Monday lunch very special.
Maybe the lunch gods were looking out for the GLOB Master this day. Something, someone made my lunch dreams come true.
The Pluses and Minuses of the Patticakes:
Patticakes (+) indicators: Desserts, excellent sandwiches. Bo Diddley plaza is an excellent brown bag opportunity.
Patticakes (-) indicators: Cramped inside space, a lot of 'homesteader' taking space.
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- Phone Number: 352 376-1332
- Address: 111 E. University Ave.
- Urban GLOB Location: Downtown
- Web Site: Patticakes
- Latitude: 29.65161
- Longitude: -82.32402