If you’ve never been to Sofra Bakery, this is your sign to go.
Sofra Bakery, located on Belmont Street in Cambridge, was just listed on the New York Times’ Favorite Restaurants list for 2021. This Middle Eastern bakery, café, and retail store serves deliciously modern interpretations of traditional Turkish, Lebanese, and Greek pastries. And it’s no wonder why the bakery sells out so early and so fast every day—these pastries are world-class.
Sofra is a Turkish word that means a picnic or a special preparation of food. When executive chef Ana Sortun travelled through Turkey, she noted that the word instantly brought locals a feeling of hospitality and comfort. Sofra Bakery’s food delivers that feeling just the same, with a speciality in fresh-baked pastries like you’ve never experienced before.
The Times recommends in their review, “Come early and order everything.” We couldn’t agree more! If you’re looking for a fulfilling start to your day, try the feta, spinach, and fig tart — it hits all the right notes of sweet and savory with a perfectly flaky crust. For a more thorough meze platter, they have the classics like baba ghanouj and muhammara, which are executed flawlessly as well.
Chef Sortun’s culinary prowess really shines through Sofra’s pastries. Different textures and flavor combinations unexpectedly pair in harmony, like for the strawberry pistachio bostock and tahini sour cream donuts. Even bakery classics like cinnamon rolls are given a bit of a twist with date fillings and cream cheese drillzed on top.
Sofra Bakery opens at 11;30 on weekdays and 8 am on weekends. Time it right, and you might just score yourself an internationally-renowned baked delicacy!
Find Sofra Bakery at 1 Belmont Street in Cambridge, MA.
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