Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Muddy's Bake Shop
The Daughter and I went to Muddy's Bake Shop earlier this Summer. She had been there, but I never had. We wanted a place we could sit outside while we had a cuppa coffee and thought we'd try here.
Most uncomfortable chairs evah! To lean back you have to really lean back, so there's effectively no back support at all. The seating inside (yes, of course I went back) is comfortable.
The coffee was fine and the cake was perfection. I had the strawberry cake, which was just the right amount of strawberry-tasty:
The Daughter had the Grasshopper cake you can see in the background of that picture, and she ate every crumb. She saved her sprinkly cookies for later.
The people-watching was unparalleled! We overheard 2 middle-aged-plus men discussing the crime of pruning azaleas into hedges and the fine points of bonsai after they finished talking about a friend of theirs in Mississippi and his trailer. We overheard 3 men who were waiting outside discussing the merits of various by-the-slice pizza options while their compatriots (another man and 2 women) were buying treats inside. When the 3 inside joined the 3 waiting outside, they began talking about exactly how much you have to buy in a place before it counts as "supporting local business". We heard one man saying to another, "I was following Jim, but he wasn't coming here." [That's my favorite over-heard comment so far.] We overheard 4 women talking about the value of just buying the icing separately because then you don't have to worry about eating too much cake.
You can actually buy the icing separately. In tiny little single serving-sized tubs. You can check out their offerings here.
People-watching is a lost art which should be revived. So let's go out there and watch the folks. And let's ourselves provide some little quirk that's worth watching. Me? I wear hats. That's noticeable these days without calling undue attention to myself.
The New York Times has recently brought some attention to them by naming them one of the best places to have pie in Memphis. Memphis Mama has a positive review and photos of the interior. Urban Spoon has a score of 90%. Yelp gives it 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
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