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Short Order, Short Cake, Single Origin...Nancy Silverton at the Farmers Market

sku | Jan 1, 201205:34 PM

After a few weeks of multiple tries, here is my quick take on each of these Silverton properties at the Farmers Market.

Short Order: The burgers were fine but nothing special. If you want to sell $14 burgers in this town, given the intense competition, you really have to do better. I tried the Frisee Lardon Raft, an open faced burger topped with frisee dressed in a light vinaigrette, lardons and a fried egg. The components were all very good, but the burger didn't come together. It felt like an egg on top of a salad on top of a burger, not a single composition. I also sampled the patty melt with pimento cheese sauce, which was good but not any sort of revelation and the pimento cheese sauce was reminiscent of ball park nacho sauce, though less gloppy. The "Short Order Spuds" though, are fabulous. They are little deep fried potato pieces, like quarter slices of a small potato. The cut gives lots of good surface area for frying and you can get them with truffle salt or dipping sauce. I could see running to the take out window for these while at the Market, but doubt I'd make a special trip for these and certainly not for the burgers.

Short Cake and Single Origin, despite having two names are really a single coffee and pastry stand (sort of like Cognoscenti Coffee and Proof Bakery in Atwater...I guess multiple names for the same place is a trend now) located where Thee's Bakery used to be. Nancy knows pastries and the ones I sampled here were very good as expected. I'm already addicted to the chocolate bear claw and the brunette (not a brownie or blondie, but a brunette, get it?) with pine nuts and thyme is also a winner. I didn't try any actual cakse (they sell smaller cakes but don't seem to sell slices) or the savory pastries, but I will get to them eventually.

The Coffee at Single Origin is pretty typical Third Wave, which is a good thing. In my experience, "third wave coffee" is almost always very good. This doesn't rise to the level of the best in town, but it's quite good and finally offers a decent espresso at the FM. They use Verve coffee from Santa Cruz.

Short Cake and Single Origin are the type of places I will probably stop at everytime I'm at the market, and maybe even make a special trip for if I'm in the neighborhood. Short Order, not so much.


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