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The Flakey Tart - OMG-My Review!

shesallthat | Jan 30, 200809:54 AM

We finally visited the much heralded Flakey Tart this morning. There was nobody there when we arrived, which was good for us because we were able to park in the tiny parking lot in front. The very nice lady at the counter said they were already sold out of the scones but there was still so much that I wanted to try so no problem. With our coffees, dh had a blueberry muffin and I had a chocolate croissant. I had promised dd that I would bring her back a brownie but did not see any displayed. We sat at the counter and it wasn't long before a steady stream of locals would come in, all walking out with more than one item. The blueberry muffin was one of the best I have ever eaten and I think it is very hard to find a good muffin of any kind period. It had a wonderful crumb topping and the blueberries were wonderful. It wasn't too sweet and it had a great flavor. The crossiant was the best I've ever had period. I don't think there are any good bakeries in Monmouth county, at least the ones that I know of. I do like Delicious Orchards Bostom Creme Pie and I do like Twin Pond Farms apple pie, other than that, I can honestly say I stay away from bakeries because I am always disappointed. Until today. This was such a unique bakery because Marie (the owner and pastry chef) was taking goodies out the whole time I was there. Everything was literally being made fresh on the spot and I've never seen anything like this. I asked about the brownies and she said they just came out of the oven and if I would wait, she would cut me a few. Then came out the macoroni and cheese which of course I also took some home. The macoroni and cheese is made with two cheeses, cheddar and gruyere, cream and loads of butter with a lovely crumb topping. Piping hot, right out of the oven she put this on display and immediately cut a portion for me and another customer. I've never seen anything like this. I also bought two chocolate cream tarts which I will save for tonight. DD came home from school, loved the mac and cheese and adored the brownie. I mentioned to Marie that this place is "all over the web" and that is how I heard about it. I told her that I came all the way from Freehold and that I read about her on Chowhound. She said "I love you guys". She said she only uses fresh and natural ingredients, no lard, etc. but she doesn't over charge for items either. If you have a hankering for something and are afraid they might be sold out before you get there, you can order it on the phone and she will put it aside for you. The number is 732-291-2555. I told Marie and the other worker that I was going to go home and put in (another) good word for the Flakey Tart to my chowhounds. Please keep this place in business. It truely is a gem.

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