Best Cafe for Working in Central Square: Mariposa Bakery
It can get a little hot in the summer, but my iced americano helped. The guy who helped me was really nice.
The pastries all looked amazing. Had it been 20 or 30 degrees cooler, I would've loved to have true the creamy celery with Gouda soup (veggie), though the chilled carrot and coconut (vegan) might've been good too.
They take breakfast orders till 12, and they have a nice collection of breakfast and lunch sandwiches (plus a few salads) that all feature sauces, aiolis and and/or sales that are homemade. Breakfast sandwiches come on bagels or toast, and the lunch sandwiches come on your choice of Italian white, oatmeal wheat, seeded wheat, pretzel roll or potato roll (all also homemade). Also a breakfast pizza and some homemade granola, and the full range of coffee an tea drinks.
|Americano rating: 7.5/10|
They have a bunch of nice tables (outside too in the summer) where you can park your laptop and write a book or whatever it is you do. The food, on the other hand, is hit or miss. Thus, this guide:
|The pretzel roll was so good- soft and dense and salty.|
|Coconut blackberry bread pudding - $2.75 - I need to remember that I don't like shredded coconut, for one thing, but I also don't really care for bread pudding that much, (except for when they use croissants). It's just that it looked so big and inviting. But it's just too mushy gooey. Oh well, I could cross that one off the list and move on to the other stuff, which I was sure I'd love...|
|Arugula salad: $6.75 - carrots, cucumbers, queso blanco, pepitas, sprouts, and cilantro lime vinaigrette - (can add chicken for $2) - The mild cheese got overpowered by the sourness of the vinaigrette, but it was good otherwise.|
|Oatmeal chocolate chip cookie - $2.25 - hard. Kind of generic actually. Skip the cookies.|
|Orange poppy seed cookie - $2.25 - heavy, pretty dense and soft, nice sweet glaze with orange peel. Good but not great.|
|Cinnamon roll - $2.75 - The outside was actually a little hard, the inside not very flavorful. It was almost like eating a muffin with a swatch of cinnamon frosting on it.|
|Broccoli cheese and basil frittata - $3- It would've been nice to have it heated but it was good. Lots of broccoli. Really healthful.|
They have LevelUp. Also important to me, they have two clean and spacious single occupant restrooms.