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Wooden Spoon Cafe & Bakery in Highland may be just under a month old, but it’s quickly shaping up to be a neighborhood staple. Located across from Duo Restaurant, the cozy space is home to Jason and Jeanette Burgett’s baked goods: fresh bread, pastries, and savory breakfast items. Baguette sandwiches (don’t miss the roasted turkey with salsa verde) and salads also dot the menu.
After my first visit, I brought home an assortment of goodies from the pastry case—most notably, a tangy lemon meringue tartlette and an individual-sized strawberry frangipane. Both are delicious examples of the Burgetts’ skills, but the frangipane won my heart.
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Each bite of the classic French dessert, made with almond cream that puffs up when baked, distills the essence of summer with the flavors of jammy, ripe strawberries. Hedged with a chewy, nutty crust and filling, the treat is more cake-like than conventional tart. If there is a flaw, it’s that the tart isn’t big enough—especially after I shared it with my husband and daughter. Next time I’ll get one just for me.
2418 W. 32nd Ave., 303-999-0327