Beacon, NY Restaurant Review: Ella’s Bellas

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Everything Else | 0 comments

I had been craving a loaf of good, fresh, crusty vegan and gluten-free bread for a long long time. Many gluten-free bakeries cater to vegans with cupcakes and other sweet goods. But the one area where they almost consistently fall short is in the bread department. Finding a loaf that doesn’t have eggs or dairy has been a mission of mine for some time.  So when I stumbled across Ella’s Bellas and learned that they were mostly vegan as well as gluten-free I had to check it out. 

My partner and I stopped by on a very frosty Saturday right after thanksgiving to check out their offerings.  We splurged and bought a baguette, a multigrain mini-loaf, a vanilla cupcake, oatmeal cookie sandwich and a pumpkin muffin.

First, the sweets: the vanilla cupcake was a disappointment.  The cake was dense and moist, which is not necessarily a bad thing. But it had little real flavor and the frosting similarly bland.  I’ve had far, far better.

Vanilla Cupcake

Vanilla Cupcake

The oatmeal cookie, on the other hand, was out-of-this-world good! So yummy.  It was just the right level of sweetness, with nice plump raisins and what tasted to me like a cream cheese filling.  I could have eaten five of them, instead of sharing just one with my partner. 

Oatmeal Cookie

Oatmeal Cookie

The pumpkin muffin tasted good, but it had a very strange melt-in-your-mouth texture. That works for a cupcake, but for a muffin I’m generally looking for something a bit more substantial. As you can see, we didn’t let any of it go to waste, but it is probably not something I’d order again.

Pumpkin Muffin (Ooops - forgot to take a pic before we started eating it!)

Pumpkin Muffin (Ooops – forgot to take a pic before we started eating it!)

Now the bread. Oh my! The bread! The bread is the thing that vegan dreams are made of. 

We used the baguette to make Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches and it was just perfect. It had lots of nice big air bubbles and was fantastically chewy like all good baguettes should be.  Wow.  How they pulled that off, I am not clear, but it was the best gluten-free and vegan baguette I have ever had. Sorry, no pictures. We devoured that thing!

Multigrain Mini Loaf

Multigrain Mini Loaf

And the multigrain loaf? Similarly amazing. The crust was just so crusty! Just what I had been craving. We used it to make sliders, for vegemite toast, and straight with a bit of Earth Balance. It was beautiful and tasted so divine.

So, two big, big thumbs up for Ella’s Bellas Bakery.  But next time, I’d go for the bread and skip the treats.

 

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