61 Washington St.
Providence, Rhode Island
Everybody's talking about Ellie's! Since the boulangerie opened in January, all the food bloggers are writing and raving about it. We felt left out, but are rarely Downcity during daytime business hours.
At last, an appointment brought us into Providence in the middle of the workday. We planned our visit to Ellie's around it, and it was well worth the effort.
|chicken statue at front door|
The place is small, but very charming, modeled after the Parisian style.
We arrived at breakfast time. The offering was an egg sandwich done with either house-smoked bacon or house-made sausage. We got one of each.
Once we'd finished, we were both satisfyingly full, but the bakery cases were too good to pass up. We got a box of assorted pastries to take with us, and over the course of a couple of days, sampled a good number of Ellie's treats.
The pumpkin cheesecake cream puff (bottom right of the photo below) had a creamy and thick filling, that wasn't overwhelmingly pumpkin-y, with a light puff pastry.
The chocolate walnut cookie was soft, thick and chocolatey with chocolate chips and walnuts. Just perfect.
We tried four kinds of macarons:
Salted caramel. Not really salty, but definitely caramel. This was my favorite. Chewy and crisp with a melt in your mouth meringue sandwich.
Pistachio. Chewy and delicious, and apparently a favorite among patrons. The pistachio flavor is more of an aftertaste.
Strawberry. These were smaller than the others. The meringue was less crisp, and the center more of a jelly and not as chewy as the other types. It was a bit sweeter than the others.
Blackberry. I thought it would have a jelly center like the strawberry, but this one was more creamy with a definite flavor of fruit, but not as sweet as the strawberry.
One of the prettier offerings was a spiced speculoos cookie. We loved the imprinting and thought they were tasty as well. Somehow they seemed very old-fashioned.
I also tried a cherry chocolate scone. It was tender with lots of cherry and chocolate bits. Definitely one of my favorites.
I would have loved to try their oatmeal cranberry bread, but there had been a menu changeover, as will happen with seasonal shops. I'll have to wait til next autumn for that.