It is hard to describe the atmosphere at Babycakes. It is very casual. There is a smallish bar near the entrance with a half dozen seats. At first glance it looks like a large service bar, but they offer a full complement of tap beers, liquor and wine. The walls are covered with very large blackboards which list the daily offerings at the bakery, in addition to breakfast and luncheon specials. Behind the bar you will probably find
This all might sound more like a campus hang out rather than a dining destination, but Babycakes has become very much the dining destination. I am told the kitchen crew – or at least part of it - came over from the immensely popular Busy Bee when they closed last year. The preparations of some of the dishes are carryovers from the Busy Bee.
The ala carte menu usually starts with a dozen or so appetizers in addition to a few daily specials. Over the last few months I think we have tried most of them. Greek Sliders ($7) are patties of ground lamb, sautéed with rosemary, garlic, onions, and served with spinach and feta cheese. Pancetta wrapped shrimp ($9) are served with an avocado and chili pepper sauce. Last Wednesday I had one of my favorite apps – macaroni and cheese. Know what’s better than Mac & Cheese? Fried Mac & Cheese! Here they take the traditional preparation and fold it into a fritter batter. Wonderful stuff!