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There is a distinct New York vibe about Le Cartet. With an upscale gourmet foods boutique at the front of the restaurant, diners are encouraged to check out the goodies while waiting in line during the busy weekend brunch rush or upon leaving the restaurant during regular hours. The trendy design of the place features minimalistic art, colorful ransom lettering of select menu items on the front welcome board and long communal tables where diners sit alongside one another, strangers and friends alike. The hustle and bustle of the place doesn’t take away from the quality of service at all, contrary to what you might think – we were served promptly and courteously from the moment we walked in.
I first encountered a version of this recipe at Trident which is an independent cafe & bookstore in Boston. Trident was named Best Neighborhood Restaurant, Back Bay by Boston Magazine and for good reason. Their version used thick sliced Challah bread which was stuffed with lemon ricotta filling while our creation on the left had the same filling sandwiched between two slices of cinnamon raisin bread. This is closer to a recipe posted on Always With Butter but we added wild berries. We used more then the recommended teaspoon of lemon zest in an effort to get a bold taste and came close to overdoing it. Overall it was great with or without maple syrup and was pretty easy to make.