Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe

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Brunch struck again in Portland, ME. Next stop was to Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe in the Art District. The restaurant has a very relaxed, casual feel, with a bit of a quirky side. 

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Art is found throughout the place and the pictures on the walls are all for sale. Service was a little slow-going to start, but things picked up and we were on our way to Brunchtown, USA. 

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For my entree, I ordered the Belgian Waffle Of The Day: Coffee and Spice Wonut (cross between a waffle and donut with maple glaze, fruit and whipped cream). I didn’t know a Wonut existed, but I’m damn glad that Bibo’s made one. It truly was a well executed hybrid, incorporating the lightness of a waffle, but also the denser, cakiness of a donut. The flavor was amazing, a delightful spiced richness where you could get some waves of coffee essence, and the glaze was just the cherry on top. Well, glaze on top. 

The Shorts:
Name: Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe
Location: 23 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, it was a pretty charming little spot for brunch. 
Would I recommend it? It was a quaint spot worth checking out, in a very central neighborhood. Can’t guaranty they’ll have a Wonut when you go, but, chances are, they’ll have something else just as great. 

Dough

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For the next location on my 7 Best Doughnuts In NYC Challenge off of Gothamist’s list, I went to Dough in Bed-Sty in Brooklyn. They’re hand making all of their doughnuts and glazes, and have glass windows at their kitchen so you can watch them craft everything right there. 

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These are some serious doughnuts, definitely larger than most, so, you won’t leave hungry. According to the list, Dulce De Leche is the one to try.

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This doughnut was pretty unreal. The dough itself is light, doughy and hinted with vanilla. It’s coated with a perfectly sweetened glaze with a delicate caramel flavor and generously sprinkled with almond slices. 

The Shorts:
Name: Dough
Location: 305 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, this was so delicious and the rest of their flavors sound incredible too.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely!