I don't get to downtown Concord's Main Street very often but made a big effort recently to visit The Crust and Crumb. I've bought their bread at farmers markets but I had my taste buds primed for Whoopie Pies. Late on Friday (they are open until 6pm) there were still whoopee pies in the case, 4 different flavors to choose from. My husband suggested we get one of each and split each in half so we could try them all. I loved the fillings which weren't quite as whipped creamy-like as those from Two Fat Cats Bakery in Portland ME. My husband thought the chocolate cake parts were dry but I think they were denser than what we are used to (Steve's Whoopie Pies sold at convenience stores.). Classic Chocolate was yummy (website says it's a marshmallow buttercream filling) but Chocolate with orange flavored filling was even better. Strawberry lemonade was a lemon cake (tasted freshly grated peel!) with a strawberry filling. Very nice. But I think my favorite was oatmeal. Maybe I'll just have to try each of them again to be sure! Whoopie pie flavors change daily.
Crust and Crumb Bakery is owned by Alison Ladman. She is also a recipe tester for AP (Mathew Mead takes the photos) so I've started seeing her recipes in the newspaper. Last week's Concord Monitor Wednesday food section featured her variations on Jambalaya.
Last night the Concord Monitor announced a new food market will open next door to The Crust and Crumb. Wellington's Marketplace will open later in March and feature food we haven't been able to find around here. I thought choosing a Main Street location wasn't a good idea until I read that they will also offer sandwiches and soups and a few tables for the lunch crowd. The mention that they will have bahn mi sandwiches put them on my 'must visit' list even if parking might be a problem.
Furthermore, In a Pinch new owners (2 years now) are selling off their Still In a Pinch second location on Pillsbury St to concentrate on putting their stamp on the place. They'll keep the favorites but add some new ones.
I think I'm going to have to start running more errands in Concord!