English muffin breakfast sandwiches at Vinal Bakery

English muffin breakfast sandwiches at Vinal Bakery

A Miss Maple with bacon on a corn jalapeño muffin at Vinal Bakery in Somerville’s Union Sq.. (Photograph: Vinal Bakery through Twitter)

If you happen to love a superb, rib-sticking breakfast sandwich with a kick, as I do, there are lots of stable decisions in Camberville. The Montrose Spa, Sarah’s Market and Mike & Patty’s at Bow Market are amongst ’em; add to that record Vinal Bakery in Union Sq., on the tail of Somerville Avenue because it leaves Union correct and heads towards Monsignor O’Brien and McGrath highways. The specialty at Vinal is English muffins by founder Sarah Murphy, who toiled at Flour and Bagelsaurus (each locations that make imply breakfast sammies too) and served in pop-up kind earlier than taking on the previous Pizza Palace locale in 2019.

The bakery, named after a avenue on the opposite facet of Union Sq., is open solely till 1 p.m., loads of time so that you can get in a breakfast or lunch order. For breakfast it’s egg sandwiches served in your selection of muffin, together with a traditional, French toast, multigrain or all the pieces. I can attest to the traditional: your fundamental Thomas’-style muffin with pockets to carry butter and sauce, however moister, spongier and extra pleasing to the chew. I’ve tried a couple of sandwiches, together with the American Basic (with cheese and an over-medium egg), the Miss Maple (the Basic, however with maple butter) and the G.O.A.T. (an over-medium egg, goat cheese butter, spicy pesto and arugula). They’re all stable morning eats, however that final one, with the spicy chew and easy creaminess of the goat cheese, is Brady-esque. For lunch (in honor of the previous pizza joint?), you may get pizza muffins as a fundamental cheese with slow-cooked tomato sauce; with pepperoni; or half-and-half.  The opposite lunch fare that caught my eye on the final sojourn was the Ham Jamboree with griddled ham, brie, arugula, salted butter and purple pepper jelly. It’s a terrific combo, piled excessive with a contact of sweetness from that jelly that jogged my memory of the pineapple glazing my mother used to placed on holidays hams. Plus there’s brie, and you’ll’t go incorrect with brie – I nonetheless rue the closing of the Oxford Spa with its brie, butter and ham on a baguette. The Jamboree is a pleasant pinch hitter.

One factor about Vinal: There’s no indoor eating at present, and it’s effectively suggested to order on-line. On the Toast app you may customise freely (including bacon, turkey sausage or vegan sausage, taking out arugula and so forth) they usually bundle the meals up completely. A Covid-protocol-friendly exterior pickup window is particularly handy for bicyclists, as a brand new separated bike path runs proper by the storefront. On one of many previous 20-degree days I rode over to select up a couple of breakfast sandwiches, biked the two miles dwelling and the meals was nonetheless heat and good to gobble.

Vinal Bakery (222 Somerville Ave., Union Sq., Somerville)

Cambridge author Tom Meek’s critiques, essays, brief tales and articles have appeared in WBUR’s The ARTery, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, The Rumpus, The Charleston Metropolis Paper and SLAB literary journal. Tom is a member of the Boston Society of Movie Critics and rides his bike in every single place.

Characteristic picture of a Miss Maple and G.O.A.T. at Vinal Bakery by Miko B. through Yelp.


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