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.

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

Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.