Memorable | One of the Best
Review by: Jane & Michael Stern
Gus Balon’s sweet roll is a scenic wonder, the size of half a six-pack. There is always a pan of them on the shelf of the kitchen pass-through, but you don’t really realize just how big it is until one is presented to you on a plate, with a schmear of butter on the side. Utensils seem puny for attacking it; it makes more sense to use your hands. It is swirled with veins of sweet cinnamon sugar and frosted on top. Enormous as it is, the roll is surprisingly gentle-textured, easy to tear … and to eat.
Everything baked is good at Gus’s. The toast that comes with egg orders is made from Gus’s own white bread that is rugged and delicious. (And those eggs, by the way are something special, particularly if you like them sunny-side up or over easy: glistening in an abundance of butter.) The pie repertoire is staggering. One day’s list of available pies was: banana, chocolate banana, chocolate peanut butter banana, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate, coconut, lemon, butterscotch, blueberry, peach, raspberry, peanut butter, pineapple, apple, cherry, raspberry, peach, and raisin. Plus the crumb-topped pies: apple-cranberry, peach, raspberry, apple, apple-raisin, cherry, and pumpkin!
Aside from exemplary baked goods and inexpensive lunches served in a bare-bones coffee-shop setting (counter and booths), Gus’s is notable for its waitstaff, a team of girls who serve the food and coffee almost faster than you can speak the words to order it, and who refer to newcomers as well as friends as hon’, sweetheart, and doll. “You into pictures, hon’?” asked Pat, our waitress, when she caught me snapping a photo of the giant cinnamon roll. I showed her the digital image and she agreed that it was indeed a thing of beauty.
|Meals Served||Breakfast, Lunch|
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|