People usually go to Federal Hill at night for the bars, but I like to go there in the day for lunch or a hot cup of coffee and a big plate full of beignets. What? Coffee and beignets in Fed Hill? Oh you didn’t know?!?! To be fair, neither did I until a few weeks ago 😛
We happened to be in Fed Hill one morning and we were looking for a coffee shop. Spoons Cafe was just the place. It’s a charming breakfast/lunch spot on 24 E. Cross St., between Pub Dog and The Stalking Horse. I’ve passed by Spoons many times, but its usually after they are closed for the day. So I was happy to be in the neighborhood while they were still open.
We weren’t particularly hungry that morning, but after a quick look down the menu, one item caught our attention. “O-NUTS baltimore-style cinnamon beignets topped with powdered sugar.” Let’s see – I love Baltimore. I love beignets. I love powdered sugar. One order of O-NUTS please! 😀
Beignet is French for ‘fritter.’ It’s like a deep fried square piece of dough, golden brown and covered in a mountain of powdered sugar. If they’re done right, they come out light, airy and so freakin’ delicious! We liked their beignets so much, we knew we had to go back for some more. On our second visit, we ordered the Cinnamon Roll Pancakes with Maple Coffee Glaze along with the O-NUTS. We enjoyed both dishes very much. The maple coffee glaze swirls were like sticky caramel and added a nice texture to the pancakes. The O-NUTS were just as good as the first time we had them. And to make the experience even more enjoyable, the staff were friendly and attentive and kept the hot coffee coming.
I have a giant spoon in my kitchen just like this one. Kevin tells everyone I eat with it, but I swear it’s only for decoration 😉
I should’ve ordered a smaller portion of the O-NUTS (they come in 3, 6 or 12). I thought, we ordered 12 the last time why not order 12 again…ugh cause we got pancakes too!!?! If you look carefully, they actually gave us 13! 😉 We finished 7 at the table and took the rest home – if I ordered 6, we would’ve wanted 1 more piece. So you see, it was meant to be!
Cinnamon Bun Pancake with Maple Coffee Glaze
O-NUTS baltimore-style cinnamon beignets topped with powdered sugar
Mmm. When you bite into them, they make this oh so delicate airy crisp sound and you can feel how light they are in your mouth.
Now that we’ve tried some of their sweeter options, we must go back for something savory. If you’re ever in Federal HIll, do pop in and give Spoons Cafe a try. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.