September 7, 2008

The Funky Eclectic

Your Dentonista is going to do something she hasn’t done yet – write about something she found the-same-day-she-found-it!
It’s not that there is a lack of agreeable, indeed outright fantastic, things in Denton to inspire me, it’s just that, sadly, your Dentonista has more than a touch of the lazy slug in her (I do hope you are not shocked to read that), and the fabulous bits that make up Denton tend to be tried, true, and durable.

However, what I found Saturday morning was so serendipitous and pleasing, that I want to share it with you ASAP, and YOU dear reader will want to zip over to The Funky Eclectic, at 503 Bolivar without delay! (You know I’d give you a link, but they are, for now, Web site free. *People! You have a business, get a Web site!*)

Their signage describes them as a coffee shop & bakery, but Saturday’s menu, featuring quiche, tomato basil soup, and some tasty sounding turkey sandwich compilation seemed to me a bit nicer, a bit more varied than the bland food I associate with the Greek coffee shops of my youth. But you know, coffee shops have become much hipper, so maybe my perceptions are out of date…

ANYWAY

Let’s DO discuss their baked goods for a minute, because that’s what’s got me so het up.
Saturday morning, I loaded up my favorite breakfast companion and went off looking for a little nosh to carry out, and ended up grabbing a muffin, 2 chocolate chip cookies (for later) and a little cheese danish.

The cheese danish of destinty, as it would turn out.

Kids, I have to tell you, if anything in the baked goods’ display or, indeed, my life had prepared me for the absolute perfection of this danish, I would have bought up all of them.

Actually, while we were browsing the baked goods, one of the sweetly loquacious owners did mention a cordon bleu baker. I admit the thought, “Sure, whatever” went through my head, though never would have made it out of my mouth. (You may not be shocked to learn I have an inner, snarky dialogue.)

What more can I say? I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur of baked goods (at least an enthusiast), and this was phenomenal. In one bite I knew it. In fact, it was so good, I snarfed it all up, standing at the counter, without even pouring myself a cup of coffee.

In fact, the only other pastry I know of that is this delicious (flavorful and perfectly tender, without the least bit of toughness or dryness) is baked in Spring, TX (just outside of Houston). By a woman who only bakes for friends and family.
Sad really.
Happily, I’m her friend.

Seriously, you will want to run, not walk, to The Funky Eclectic.
Not just because the danish is delish, but also because it’s a new, unique and local business, and we want to make sure it’s around to stay!
Hipsters will love the vintage late 50s, 60’s formica and vinyl table and chairs sets.
Cheapsters will love the prices – nothing over $7.95.
Students will love the 24-7 hours (I know! We’ll see if they keep it up.)
Hot-to-trotsters will love the cool AC…
Everyone will love that danish.

Get there quick my dears. If I beat you in, you may not find any of that danish left.
Although the menu mentions pie, cobbler, casserole, quiche and soups of the day, amongst other dishes, and there is a separate menu for beverages, so there is plenty more for you (and me) to explore...

8 comments:

Maxine from Texas said...

Okay, you did NOT say this was 24/7! Why did you hold out? I am so there - see ya later Taco C.

Kate T said...

What a cool blog. I'm glad you're reviewing this cafe. My experience was not quite what yours was. I was really disappointed with their veggie juice shake. It is, in fact, not juice at all, but a lot of vegetables thrown together in a blender. you drink, and then you chew, it was unpleasant.

I hope they iron that all out, being a new business and all. . .

I would like to say that I'm glad they're 24 hours and I really like their spinach and artichoke dip.

-Your Friendly Neighborhood Dentonista said...

Ooh Kate! I'm so sorry to hear about the veggie juice! (I wanted to try that too... Maybe I'll ask for 'extra smooth'.) I CAN recommend the danish...
Thanks for the tip on the spinach artichoke dip!

And thank you for reading and your kind comments!

Anonymous said...

I heard today that they're out of business. They seemed like very nice people, but badly confused about their business focus, and they sold me the single worst cup of coffee (and stale muffin) I've ever paid for in my life. Tasted like dirt, literally. Awful.

They were trying to do far too many things. One of their menus had the phrase (about their catering service): "everything and anything!"

No. You do not do everything and anything. You do a few things well. Perhaps one thing extremely well. I'm sorry I didn't taste the things you described in your review, but what my experience was pretty poor (and the 50F temp inside didn't help).

The Denton coffee market is too competitive for amateur hour these days. Hydrant Cafe has put even the mighty Jupiter House on their toes again.

-Your Friendly Neighborhood Dentonista said...

Ouch! 2 for 2! I wonder if my karmic love for Denton was coming back to me in the form of an excellent danish? I DID go by the other day and see that they were closed for family emergency, but surely they haven't closed for good? I will have to find out! AND – many thanks for the heads up about The Hydrant Café. I have NOT been yet, but would love to hear from others who have! I see they have coffee and live music, but what about your FND’s sweet tooth? Will it be served there? Can I get a sammich? Tell us more, please. One more interesting note, I thought, a search for The Hydrant Café turned up Ouch! 2 for 2! I wonder if my karmic love for Denton was coming back to me in the form of an excellent danish? I DID go by the other day and see that they were closed for family emergency, but surely they haven't closed for good? I will have to find out! AND – many thanks for the heads up about The Hydrant Café. I have NOT been yet, but would love to hear from others who have! I see they have coffee and live music, but what about your FND’s sweet tooth? Will it be served there? Can I get a sammich? Tell us more, please. One more interesting note, I thought, a search for The Hydrant Café turned up this.

Anonymous said...

I've only been to the The Hydrant twice - BUT had the best cup of coffee I've ever tasted in Denton BOTH times. Great service. Great atmosphere!

-Your Friendly Neighborhood Dentonista said...

Well that settles it. Looks lilke I'm goign to have to check this out!

-Your Friendly Neighborhood Dentonista said...

PS - If you're looking for Quiche, you might try The Chestnut Tree, on the square.