When I walked into Zucker Bakery, the sweet smell of baked goods and aroma of expertly brewed, high-quality coffee took hold of my senses and effortlessly drew me toward the glass counter to place my order. With each step I took on the bright wooden floor past the upholstered loveseat nestled under a large glass window, bistro tables with a variety of chairs, paintings and rolling pins hung on the walls, and lush green plants here and there; I was transported to the living room of the beloved Jewish grandmother I wish I had who would bake rugelach with love and watch with delight as I enjoyed each bite. Having frequented Zucker Bakery many times since its 2011 opening, I have had the privilege of sampling almost everything on the menu. Just some of Chefs Zohar and Melissa’s creations include sweet, tangy Lemon Bars with a soft, cookie-like base that are light and refreshing. I have also enjoyed slices of fruity, nutty Love Loaf, delicate Alfajhores with Dulce de Lec’he filling rolled in coconut flakes, and rugelach layered with almonds, dates, and clove baked to crispy perfection. Perhaps two of my favorite things on the menu are warm, gooey Roses (Chocolate, Dates & Halva, or Almond & Brown Sugar) with a dollop of light airy foam and freshly baked, toasted Challa with creamy avocado topped with zesty za’atar.
It is always difficult to decide what to order as I peer into the glass display case. As if deciding what to eat wasn’t tough enough, figuring out what to drink was just as challenging for a foodie like me who really just wants to try a little bit of everything. Oy, what a dilemma? But a dilemma that is good to have because after ordering and deeply enjoying a Dates & Halva Rose along with a tall glass of Cold Brew, I know I will return to sample Zucker’s ever-evolving menu that now includes light lunch options. Now, lets talk about that Dates & Halva Rose…Mimicking the shape of its namesake, the Roses at Zucker Bakery are artfully constructed and expertly baked. Firm and golden-brown on the outside with a doughy, warm center filled with the sweet, fruity, and nutty flavors of dates and halva; I slowly savored each and every bite! Taking the time to stop at Zucker Bakery for breakfast, lunch, or a cup of coffee and a cookie is well worth your time!