Rushing over to the TCU area to buy yet another Rose Bowl T-shirt, we finally timed our trip correctly to make a lunchtime stop at the new Black Rooster Bakery. Found right between Paschal High School and the Park Hill/Berkeley neighborhoods, this new European-style bakery is every bit as charming as we'd hoped.
Owner and baker Marche Ann Mann has carved out a little piece of heaven, right from the oven, in her petite corner of the shopping center that has served as home to Sapristi! for such a long time. For anyone wanting to grab lunch on the run or any number of breakfast pastries, cakes, breads and antipasto platters, this is a worthwhile stop.
We found the pastry case filled with oversized lemon bars, fudge brownies, giant cookies (chocolate chip with pecan and walnuts, oatmeal raisin, sugar and peanut butter) and monster muffins, the latter in such varieties as chocolate-banana, French toast, Nana's Donut and pumpkin-spice. Then there are the coffee cakes: Lana Mae's Cinnamon Pecan, cranberry streusel and apple-ginger are just for starters. Pound cakes, such as Mrs. Holland's Vanilla Sour Cream and Nana's 7-Up, are a few of the choices. You can buy most any of the cakes by the slice or whole cake.
Breakfast and tea breads include old-fashioned gingerbread, lemon-cranberry, banana-nut and date nut. A number of yeast breads are offered, including baguette, multi-grain and ciabatta.
Black Rooster's sandwiches, like the sweets, change daily. You might find French ham and butter with sea salt on baguette, brie and tomato vinagirette on baguette or herbed turkey, jack, romain and roasted tomato on ciabatta.
If you're entertaining, order something like the Castellina, an arrangement of four different breads, assorted olive oils for dipping, spicky pickled onions, housemade tapanade, assorted cheeses, roasted tomatoes and proscuitto ($18.50 per person, minimum 10 person-platter).
I was most excited to find that Black Rooster serves coffee beans roasted out in Marfa at the beloved Big Bend Roasters. You can drink it in-house, too, in espresso, cappuccino and latte servings, and in regular cups of coffee, as well.
Prices at Black Rooster range from $2 per slice of breakfast bread to $2.50 per sweet, scone or cinnamon roll and $3 per slice of sheet cake. Breakfast and tea breads are $15 per loaf and whole cakes are $25 to $35 each. Sandwiches are $6.95 each. Box lunches, including a sandwich, chips and a cookie are $10 each (minimum order of 10). All orders should be placed 48 hours ahead.
Find Black Rooster open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 2430 Forest Park Blvd., Fort Worth.