By Kathryn Crabtree | CNA Media Team
Walking into the Flour Market Cafe, 5507 NE 30th Ave., on a late Sunday morning is an adventure in sensory delight. The array of multiple breads makes it challenging to choose an item, which include country levain, multigrain, caraway rye, baguettes or challah packaged to go.
The café also features a variety of home-made jams, as well as fruits, veggies and fresh produce from local markets. Whether you want a breakfast, snack or lunch, Flour Market has pastries, biscuits and croissants for you to choose, along with coffee, soda and decaf pour-overs to sip with your treats.
The culinary outpost also offers a variety of cookies, vegan and gluten-free items, as well as Panforte, which resembles a flattened fruitcake and is an Italian combination of dried fruit and whole hazelnuts. A distinctive treat, it makes a delightful hostess gift.
Another unique approach to breakfast is the croissant loaf, buttery and flakey, which makes a perfect base for a Sunday brunch French toast. These items will provide patrons with savory or sweet pastries they can share with their Valentines this month.
The proprietor, Lisa Belt, enjoys helping her customers make informed purchases. She gladly explains the ingredients, spices and options to the dog walkers, children looking for midmorning treats, or the ladies from across the street who go to The People’s Yoga Studio. Belt will even offer to heat up the ham-and-cheese or red-pepperand-gruyere-cheese croissants in her standard oven.
Belt also sells several varieties of granola. One such granola is a classic fruit-and-nut combination joined by a crystalized Ginger Granola, full of toasted cashews and pepitas and topped off with Oregon grown Vincent Family dried cranberries.
Not a fan of ginger? Cocoa Nib Granola contains scoops of high antioxidant cocoa nibs added to toasted flakes of coconut and sliced almonds. The touch of cinnamon, brown sugar and cocoa added to the oats provides an irresistibly flavorful crunch—not just for breakfast but for the perfect trail mix as well.
Outdoor covered seasonal seating is provided by the restaurants, coffee shops and other near-by purveyors of food and services, as well as several tables and chairs in front of the cafe. Inside, comfortable seating for couples, or for groups utilizing a lengthy library table, is available. The rear door exits to a deck with umbrella tables that provide a pleasant sense of intimacy.
Opening last March, Belt is looking forward to marking her anniversary in the brick-and-mortar cafe, supplied by her wholesale bakery division.
The Flour Market Café is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. To order online, visit FlourMarketPDX.com every Tuesday for pickup on Saturdays at Belt’s bakery, located at 2523 SE 9th Ave.
Kathryn is a recent transplant from the Midwest and, as she reports in CNews, things are a lot different here.