Monday, October 3, 2016

Morgantown Edition: Naticakes Bakery and Creme Cafe

NaticakesNaticakes has revamped their offerings since my last visit. When I went in 2012, they were the first froyo shop in town. And now that Morgantown has seen a number of other froyo shops pop up (Sweet Frog, Orange Leaf, Chillberry), Naticakes has totally overhauled their offerings and now has lunch service with bakery items - and no froyo.

NaticakesThe interior of Naticakes is very shabby chic, with lots of mismatched chairs, upcycled doors as tables and this sort of Victorian theme. The shop offers quiche, French pastries, sandwiches, salads, soups, coffee, cupcakes and gelato.

NaticakesI ordered a classic almond chicken salad croissant with a side of tomato bisque. Then, I found a seat and awaited my lunch.

NaticakesThey came out on these sort of paper bowls and plates, which I was surprised to see. This coming from the place thats only water option is Fiji.

NaticakesThe sandwich was OK - a little bland. I was a big fan of the soup, though. It's sweet and rich, but not totally convinced it was homemade. But, for a (fairly) quick and light meal, it wasn't bad.

NaticakesThe other thing about this shop is that it was founded for good reason:

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When you support our bakery & crème café, you are helping children through The Natalie Wynn Carter Foundation, in memory of a sweet little girl we affectionately called, “Naticakes.” You are providing spaces for children to play, and bringing smiles to little faces locally, and globally. Thank you for partnering with us, in “making life a little sweeter,” for children!
NaticakesBefore we left, we got five macarons (for $10!). A bit expensive, but there are so few places that actually offer them, I wanted to try.

NaticakesThe flavors available were orange-lemonade, chocolate, passionfruit, coffee - cafe au lait and pistachio. I think the orange-lemonade and pistachio were the best. But, they all have a pretty light flavor.

NaticakesOverall, they've definitely done a good job of transitioning from a froyo shop to a bakery and cafe. I'll be curious to see if they end up adding more items or experiment with some of the recipes they have. I still think their strong point is their sweets, and I would definitely like to try some more of those.


NaticakesGrade: B
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