I really wanted to like this place because it is so damn convenient. Just across the street from the Green St. stop on the Orange Line, I watched over the course of the past several months as construction slowly progressed on the large building that would become overpriced condos, a yoga or pilates or whatever studio, some yet to be determined businesses, and Cafe Bartlett Square, promising espresso, baked goods and ice cream. Apparently this corner was called Bartlett Square, though I've lived there for two years and have never heard anyone call it that. But okay, Cafe Bartlett Square, whatever. "Let's see," I thought.
The place is huge, giving it an instant advantage over Canto 6., just a two minute walk east, which has two tables. It even outdoes Ula, half a mile to the north, which has several tables but is usually crowded with laptopers and, all too often, noisy children. CBS has more tables than I bothered counting inside, as well as another dozen outside. It'll probably never be a problem to get some work done there, except for the little sign that says there's no wifi during the peak hours of 7-9 am and 12-2pm. With all that space, at least in these early days, I really don't think they need to cut the wifi on people.
|Though their menu is confusing, they are doing ristretto espresso there. And it's good, a 9/10 espresso rating. Rich and flavorful stuff.|
Unfortunately there's nothing good there to pair it with.
|I tried a goat cheese brioche for $2. Apparently the goat milk was just in the dough. It was boring.|
|The Chocolate Crumb Brioche ($3.25) had cream inside. I ate two bites before deciding it wasn't worth any calories.|
Trying again another morning, I went for the bacon egg and cheese brioche pizza
($6.25). I couldn't wait to take my little white plastic knife and slice down the middle, spilling oozing egg yolk all over the cheesey, bacony goodness...
|What the fuck?! The damn egg was hard! Who would do that?! Insanity! Also the whole thing was just salty and greasy instead of flavorful. Brioche is probably not, as it turns out, the greatest format for pizza.|
|"The Gourmand" ($2.50) - a brown butter, Valrhona chocolate and oatmeal cookie - It was at least soft, but it was smaller, less tasty and more expensive than the amazing cookies down the block at Canto 6 ($2 there). In fact the pastries and sandwiches here are all more expensive, smaller and shittier than those at Canto.|
Maybe they'll improved over time. Right now though, I would only suggest the coffee at Cafe BS. Eat elsewhere first.