I’m sure many of you have heard of Baked and Wired (and if you haven’t, you can learn more here), but have you heard of their sister store, A Baked Joint? A Baked Joint has the same great ingredients and baked goods…minus the cupcakes. Plus, the space is huge and expansive. They offer all the regular coffee options they have at Baked and Wired, plus a fully developed food menu including sandwiches on fresh baked bread, a wide variety of breakfast food (offered all day), salads, and soups. It’s a great place to grab lunch, have a quick meeting, or hang out and work on your laptop or read a book. The staff, just like at baked and Wired, is very helpful and knowledgeable and can answer almost every question you may have about the menu, as well as make some great suggestions.
Stopping by a little bit before happy hour meant the store was mostly empty and I had almost no wait to order. I decided to go with their infamous cold brew straight from the tap and, in an undeniable treat yo’ self moment…a blueberry poptart square.
The coffee tasted the same as Baked and Wired’s, so I was really excited. However, I did think the added vanilla was less potent than it was at Baked and Wired. I’m not sure if this was because I got a “for-here” cup instead of a plastic cup, or if my barista was a little light-handed and I just have too much of a sweet tooth. Either way, it was still lovely, cold, and crisp…I could have just used thismuchmore vanilla.
As for the blueberry poptart square…it was amazing! There were low expectations for it but was pleasantly surprised when it packed such a flavorful punch. I was hoping I could score a cupcake or a croissant, but they didn’t have any in the bakery counter. A slice of cake felt like too much, a brownie too rich…and I was looking for something just right.
Although we usually shy away from blueberry, we much prefer other berries like strawberry and raspberry especially when made into jam, this blueberry was very fresh and the slightly-hard icing topper mixed with the crumbly goodness of the pastry really made for something that was at once decadent and light – it wasn’t filling and I didn’t feel like I had just eaten a sugar bomb.
The ambiance of A Baked Joint was a great place to relax with a book and get a little work done before Amazon. It is a split level space, with more industrial group seating on the restaurant level. The lofted area had single tables and two large couches, along with some more communal seating along the wall. A bee-line for the chairs was obviously made and it was easy to cozy up with a coffee and drift into a book.
One strange thing that I should mention is the bathroom situation. They were very clean and large…but they were extremely humid. Almost uncomfortable with the door closed humid. I’m not sure if this was an off day, and it doesn’t matter too much, but it struck me as a little odd.
Overall, A Baked Joint offers almost everything on WW’s checklist: coffee, dessert, great ambiance, and the perfect place to hunker down and get some work done.