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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Quick Bites: The Macaroon Boutique

Say hello to Mr. Crunchy

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 12:50 PM

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I'm currently sitting at my desk in a happy, buttery haze. In honor of Bastille Day, I checked out the new Macaroon Boutique for lunch and I may have overindulged a little. It's hard not to at the tasty bakery.

Located in the Ansonborough Shopping Center near Ted's Butcherblock, Macaroon Boutique's second location opened its doors yesterday (the first location is still open on John Street). According to the employees we spoke to, they still have some decorating to do to the bare-bones space, but they're fully stocked with food and ready to serve the fresh-baked breads, buttery croissants, and macaroons they've become known for.

In addition, they have a small menu of sandwiches. We tried the "Mister Crunchy" (a.k.a. Croque Monsieur) — ham and swiss on French bread topped with bechamel sauce and melted cheese. It's served with a tasty salad — complete with arugula, radishes, pears, and grapes — that made us feel a little better about the decadent sandwich. My only complaint is that the grapes had seeds in them.

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Of course, you can't go to the Macaroon Boutique and not get dessert. Chef/owner Fabrice Rizzo is a master baker, and his raspberry macaroons, served cold, are one of my favorite local treats. The chocolate croissant we tried was so buttery it stained the paper bag, and perfectly flaky, although the chocolate was condensed to a very small portion of the croissant. The new location lacks the coziness of the original spot, but it makes up for it with free parking and easy accessibility.

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