I had given up looking for Boot and Shoe for breakfast pastries and coffee (yeah, I know... across the street).
The parking place in front of Boniere was open and I spotted the sign - hot cross buns and malasadas (Portuguese donuts)
It is the best malasada I've ever had and quite frankly the best donut I've had period in a long time despite all the aritisan donuts, good as they've been.
It was croissant shaped, and as light and fresh as a cloud. A cloud rolled in cinnamon sugar.
On a scale of one to five stars it was a ten.
I had rushed home to report this so people could get there today but unfortunately was distracted by a Site Talk issue. I hope they make the malasadas tommorrow. If they do snap them up.
The hot cross bun was very nice as well. A little softer and yeastier than most, loaded with raisins and nice accents of candied citrus. They didn't quite have a cross but a puddle of custard in the middle. They cut the cross in the top the custard just didn't settle right.
Both were certainly better than what I bought at Boot and Shoe later.
I've been to Boniere a few times now. It is one of those places, IMO, that needs Chowhound. You can get some real meh stuff there. But if you hit the great stuff like that malasada ... wow.
They didn't make king cake this year, but they said they make it occasionally on Fat Tuesday. This year they had a large order for something else and didn't have time for the king cake.