Flour Bakery and Cafe - South End
1595 Washington St, Boston, MA
- Neighborhood: South End
- Directions: Downtown Silver Line to Washington Street at Rutland St
- Hours: Mon-Tues 7 am-7 pm, Wed-Fri 7 am-9 pm, Sat 8 am-6 pm, Sun 9 am-5 pm
Naming a bakery “Flour” is like naming a band “Chords” or a species “Carbon.” It’s the basic ingredient of what you’re selling. And if you’re going to appropriate the most basic building block, you’d better be damn good. Fortunately, the bakers at Flour are really, really good. If warm, delicious, comforting soups and sandwiches and pastries were Eurasian nation-states, they’d be Genghis Khan. Want to re-create the magic at home? There’s a cookbook, which, as further evidence of their good taste, is not called Flour Power.
Insider's Tip: Scrawled cheerfully in blue and pink chalk across the blackboard wall is Flour Bakery + Café’s motto, which reminds customers to “make life sweeter ... eat dessert first!” Good advice, but we’d add “savor the moment ... leave room for lunch!” Joanne Chang’s South End bakery has won numerous accolades, among them praise for her gourmet sandwiches. Tasters were likely won over by the roasted-lamb sandwich — although the applewood-smoked bacon from Flour’s BLT sends an intoxicating, head-turning aroma wafting through the café. Beyond earning merit points for simply being a creative blend of foods, the combination of rare roasted lamb, tangy goat cheese, and sweet and vinegary homemade tomato chutney (studded with onions, golden raisins, and currants) leaves us with one question: dessert, or a second sandwich? Wise patrons will order both.