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Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Blue Scorcher: A bakery/cafe with a big difference

One of the pleasantest places to eat in Astoria is the Blue Scorcher Bakery Cafe at the corner of 15th Street and Duane Avenue. Occupying half of an older Astoria concrete building, this place has an atmosphere like no other. It's built into the side of a hill, which is not so unusual for this town, but it does lend charm. The walls are . . . well, you can see for yourself. The decor is funky. The space is spacious. The views are riverine. The smells are delicious, and the tastes are even more so. It's run as a workers' collective. You can borrow and read the New York Times or any number of other papers and magazines you don't see on every street corner in Astoria. The owner/workers are friendly, and they think "Community" with a capital "C." They have a program called Bread Equity, which you can read about on their fascinating web site, linked above. (Check out their gallery; 40 types of bread? And those are only the ones they have photos of!) One thing I'm not sure about is how they got their name. Do they have a temperamental indigo oven that runs a little hot? (Ah, mystery solved.) One warning: Don't go in unless you intend to get hooked.

Here's a review and some photos by someone who loved it.

8 comments:

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful and lovely shot !! Simply beautiful !!

B SQUARED said...

Can't find anything not to like about the place.

Small City Scenes said...

Neat place. I'll have to remember the name. If I said communist everyone would boo but that is what community is. MB

cieldequimper said...

Looks great and by the sound of it, yummy too!

Vogon Poet said...

The place is absolutely nice, but I have learned to be wary of too much variety... Who really need 40 types of bread?

Lee Spangler said...

the owners are friends but ...... from this reviewer.. odd bread and cold soup!

Don and Krise said...

I'd definitely give it a try. It looks like a "no frills" type of place and we tend to gravitate toward that type of restaurant.

Kcalpesh said...

I like the warning part of your post! Saw the review and photos! The quiche looked so yummy! Looks like a cool setup!

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