The Brioche Braid. Soft, flaky and buttery pastry covered with sweet cinnamon and almond slivers. $2 for this large pastry. Very delicious and even better when heated. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to visit the Danish Pastry House in Medford.
They have a cafe and bakery at their Medford location. They sell salads ($5.25-$5.50), sandwiches ($5-$6), soups ($3-$6), paninis ($6.75) and crepes ($5.50-$8.50). I find tried to get a crepe but they stated it was not the day for crepes. They must have certain staff who make the crepes and it is not every day. I settled on a Prosciutto Passion sandwich ($6) which contained prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil, extra virgin olive oil and oregano. It was on a fresh, soft sub roll. I thought it was a very good sandwich. I also had a ham & cheese croissant and they heated it for me, though they left it in the oven a bit too long and it was slightly burnt. It still tasted very good. My mother ordered a Glorified Grilled Cheese Panini which contained Granny Smith apples, Vermont Cheddar and Caramelized Onions. She enjoyed her sandwich very much.
There is a diversity of lunch choices and prices are reasonable. The freshness of their ingredients is quite evident.
They also have many different drinks available, including various coffees and teas. They have fresh brewed iced tea which was very good and their hot green tea was excellent as well.
Besides the lunch entrees, they have tons of baked goods and pastries, as well as ice cream. The ice cream can be topped with maybe two dozen different candies, nuts and foods. My nephew enjoyed a dish of cookie dough ice cream topped with rainbow jimmies, M&Ms and bubble gum.
The baked goods looked quite enticing. We have a couple of warm Brioche Braids while we were there and then bought some pastries to take home. It appears that they did not have all of their pastries in stock as I did not see any of the cookies I had seen at the South End Market. I also did not see some of the items listed on their menu. They do carry various breads and bagels though there were few available when I was there. Besides the individual pastries, they do have larger cakes, cheesecakes, tortes and pies. All of them are visually appealing and certainly would impress guests if you served them.
Pastry prices start at about $1.75. This seems in line with the higher end bakeries. Generally, with the large size of many of the pastries, prices are reasonable. For example, the Brioche Braid is a good buy. A couple of the pastries though seem a bit pricey. There was a peach almond cake slice that cost $3.75 which seemed high as it was not really large. Though it did look tasty.
I definitely will return here to try more of their foods and baked goods. It is a good place to grab lunch. Stop by and give it a try.
Danish Pastry House
330 Boston Ave.
Phone: (781) 396-8999