You won't leave the crumbs behind when you go to Crumb on Parchment

July 9, 2011

So I recently found out that Michelle Bernstein has a third restaurant by the name of Crumb on Parchment that opened up in April of this year. This restaurant, unlike the other two Miami staples, is a bakery and café that is only open until 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.  I decided to take a trip to the design district and check this place out. Turns out that there is no large sign, no stand alone building and in all honesty, unless you know exactly what you’re looking for, you’ll miss the place completely. All you will find giving you the slightest indication that you’ve found the restaurant is a small chalkboard by the sidewalk outside of what looks like an office building. Once I walked in, I was looking for the entrance to the restaurant; what I found was couches, mix-matched chairs and coffee tables strewn about the building lobby. I quickly realized the restaurant is the building lobby.

Although you’re in the lobby, the café is able to create a whole vibe and feel separate from the rest of the building.  The chairs, tables, couches and coffee tables all feel very cozy and look like the inside of an Anthropologie home catalogue. It feels like a comfy, lazy Sunday with bright sunlight beaming through. The restaurant has a very help yourself attitude as if you're in your mom's kitchen. You pick up a menu, walk up to the counter and order, serve your own drink (unless it’s a specialty coffee) and sit yourself. The counter has all of their fresh baked goods on display and all of their daily specials are all written on a colorful chalkboard over head.

Onto their menu, in addition to the baked goods they sell at the counter, the café also serves breakfast all day, sandwiches, salads, soups and daily specialty items. They menu is short and sweet; the best part is the prices on the menu, everything is under $10.00. I ended up getting the home made waffles with berries and cream with a cup of coffee.  As previously mentioned, the majority of the drinks are self serve so I poured my own coffee and prepped it to my own personal liking. The waffles were warm and slightly crispy on the outside and are served with strawberries, blueberries and homemade whipped cream.  They also serve it with pure maple syrup. The whipped cream tasted great alongside the berries and maple syrup.

Once I was done with my waffles, I decided to walk back up to the counter and check out the freshly made pastries. Turns out all of the pastries are made daily and are not guaranteed from one day to the next. I saw they had a dulce de leche coffee cake with a really thick layer of dulce de leche right in the middle of the cake. I decided to take a slice to go and be on my way. Later on when I ate the coffee cake I saw the sun and stars. It was amazing, there were chunks of pecans in the crumble topping that went perfectly with the dulce de leche. I should add this was real deal dulce de leche, not gringo caramel trying to pose as dulce de leche. It was great and the fact that the cake itself wasn’t too sweet balanced out the sweetness of the topping and dulce de leche filling.

This is a really cute little spot for lunch if you’re ever in the midtown/design district area throughout the week. The only drawback here is the times of operation; it is a complete shame that this place isn’t at least open on the weekends. The best part of my whole meal? The bill came out to $9.75 and that’s including my coffee cake.

Restaurant Details:
Crumb on Parchment
3930 NE 2nd Ave MiamiFL 33137
305 572 9444 

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