There was at least one more eatery that I had to write about. Not sure you could consider this an actual restaurant, but it was sure receiving the attention that most restaurants would love to have. That place must have some magical powers. So much so that the reason I remembered them is the food I had there was in a dream I had last night. Pretty sad that I was dreaming about food, but it is what it is.
Anyway, Mike's Pastry is located in a part of Boston known as the North End. Apparently it's a spot in town known for Italian heritage. That one area had more Italian restaurants lined up and down that street than I have ever seen in my life. Just one right after the other. But before you could get to it, you had to past a bar that was the oldest bar in Boston. Naturally, the drinkers of the group had to flock there. Myself and another training cohort chose otherwise. We had had our fill of the unofficial bar tour of Boston.
As we walked down the street of Little Italy (which is what you might as well have called the portion of town where we were) it was more than the literally hundreds of Italian eateries we noticed. The place was also abnormally crowded. Even for it to be Boston on a weekend. It turns out that it was the same day as St. Anthony's Feast. That would explain the mini-parade that kept circling the block. As much as they could anyway with all the congestion of people going on.
Then we stumbled on the sign that said Mike's Pastry. It was the only place that had a line around the block. That's not even counting the dozens of people that were already crowded in the store waiting their turn. I remembered one of other classmates from Portland remarking how she couldn't wait to get a cannoli from there. I guess they are known nationwide? I had never heard of them though. Then again, I also had never had a cannoli. But I knew there was no time like the present.
Surprisingly, that long line went incredibly fast. We saw why once we got in the store. They must have had about 10 different people working that counter. They were getting orders filled quicker than I have ever seen. It also helped that most of what anyone wanted to order was already ready. Pastry shops can afford to do that. Especially a place like this where they were probably selling them faster than they could stock them.
I wasn't entirely sure I would like the cannoli I ordered so I also ordered a piece of velvet cake cheesecake. They had a large variety of cannolis to pick from but I didn't want to get too crazy with my first cannoli. I just got a plain strawberry cannoli. It was INCREDIBLE. The crust was done just right so that it wasn't soggy yet wasn't too hard. It was nice and crispy so that when you bit into it it could blend well with the flavor of the filling inside while still maintaining its own taste. After quickly finishing it off I immediately wished I would have gotten two of those instead of the cheesecake. Especially since they were so relatively cheap at $3.95. As for the cheesecake? Eh. But I'm not a velvet cake fan anyway so I'm probably not the best person to ask.
So apparently Mike's Pastry is also known because they deliver as well. They will ship to anywhere in the United States. I thought that was rather ridiculous when I first heard that. Then I had one. Now I find myself on their website looking into getting some strawberry cannolis shipped to me. I'm rather interested to see how they are going to ship it so that they still maintain their freshness. But most importantly, I can't wait to taste one again.