Monday, March 25, 2013

Petunia's Pies and Pastries

Petunia's Pies and Pastries is a gluten-free and vegan bake shop located near the corner of SW 12th and Alder in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Lisa Clark started Petunia's in 2010 by selling her gluten-free baked goods at local farmers' markets and successful shops. She also did direct sales with customers and developed a strong following. I only found out about Petunia's after some other people I follow on social media started sharing Facebook statuses and re-tweeting messages.

I stopped by on the second official day of business just after 10 in the morning. As expected, still a fairly packed place. A bright, inviting place. Several items were on the counter, including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and pies. I also saw a couple of savory flatbreads and tarts. So many choices, but I didn't want my wallet to hate me.

I started with one of the "Whoa-reo" sandwich cookies ($2.50), which came in vanilla, salted peanut, or thin mint buttercreams. I chose the Thin Mint one this time.

Package for my baked goods

"Whoa-reo" Thin Mint Cookie Sandwich
(Petunia's Pies & Pastries)

Just an outstanding product here. Two soft, chewy chocolate cookies (with chocolate chips) made me wish I got more than one. Amazing velvety buttercream. An unmistakable Thin Mint presence but not overpowering.

Being a cinnamon roll fanatic, I couldn't pass up Lisa's version of the cinnamon roll ($3.50). It looks like a thick sugar cookie in appearance, but has that springy, chewy nature that reminds me of a gluten-filled cinnamon roll. Inside, you can see a weaving, free-form trail of cinnamon and sugar. Tons of cinnamon in there! From what I was told, the cream cheese frosting uses tofu. Would have fooled me. Again, the frosting was on point, controlled sweetness.

Cinnamon roll
(NOTE: frosting probably affected after being in the package)

Oh, and you can get your espresso and alcohol fix here. Cocktails, wine, and beer! Petunia's opens at 8 a.m. six days a week (closed on Mondays).

Espresso and cocktails here!
Open six days a week!

I might not be able to get downtown nearly as often now, but I can't wait to stop by Petunia's again in the future! 8.75/10

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