Boston’s Newest Bakery: Treats on Washington

A few weeks ago, my sister called me to let know that a new bakery had opened up in my neighborhood. She was raving about one of their house-made sodas and I was immediately intrigued. The new bakery and cafe, called Treats on Washington, is a few doors down from my sister’s hair salon, which explains why she was in my neck of the woods! For living in Brighton, I guess I never really know what’s going on since I do most of my errands and what not in Brookline because I live closer to that side of town. Every once in a while, I’ll venture into Brighton Center and discover little gems. Treats on Washington being the newest.

Upon turning the corner onto Washington Street you can see the brightly colored awning pulling you in to enjoy something sweet. Or savory, as I discovered during my first visit for lunch a couple days ago.

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As I entered the space, the pale blue walls, modern ceiling fans, hints of contrasting oranges and reds in furniture, and row upon row of tasty treats caught my attention. Not to mention the cheerful faces behind the counters, which I soon learned were owners, Dana and Jessica.

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As I starred longingly at the glass case, knowing full-well if I didn’t ask for suggestions I’d be there all day, the girls started naming some options for my lunch.

But I couldn’t keep my eyes off the desserts.

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Treats carries the perfect selection of menu items, both quantity wise and variety wise. I don’t do well (at all!) with making decisions, especially when it comes to food, so I appreciate menus that aren’t overwhelming. Treats carries a great selection of simple sandwiches that can be prepared warm as well. And from what my sister told me, the house-made soda was a must. I never drink soda but this one sounded promising and I loved that it was homemade! My options were a hibiscus soda or a ginger soda ($2.95). I obviously couldn’t decided which to get so they mixed them together. It tasted exactly like a pretty flower with a hint of fresh ginger, to be honest! Definitely one of the most refreshing carbonated beverages I’ve ever had. And for lunch, I finally decided on their handmade braided bread stuffed with black forest ham and rich cheddar cheese ($6.75).

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I may have actually mouthed to myself as I was eating, “This is sooo good”. I used a fork and knife, but only because I was in public. I promise you, if I ate this at home I would have devoured it in minutes flat and had cheese dripping down my chin. I might just get it to go next time. It was a chilly afternoon the day I visited Treats, so this sandwich, clearly prepared with the freshest herbs and meats, warmed me right up.

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I started to pick the melted cheese off of the parchment paper with my fork when I finished the sandwich. Not very lady-like, but necessary.

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I was so pleasantly full after my lunch, and as if I needed more food, I took a stroll around the rest of the space to eye the desserts.

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The girls were so sweet and told me to pick whichever I’d like, on them. The spiced raspberry cookies were eyeing me so I took a couple for the road. I ended up eating them for dessert that night and felt like Cookie Monster while I ate them. Thankfully, I only had two because serious damage would have been done had there been more in my possession. They were perfectly spicy and just the right amount of sweet. And oh, so moist and soft.

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Along with so many sweet options, Treats also offers coffee, espresso, sticky buns, croissants, pies, custom cakes, two daily varieties of scones and muffins and vegan options of scones and muffins as well. My sister actually had a sample of their red velvet cake yesterday and informed me that I have to go back and try it immediately. So there’s always that to look forward to.

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Along with a Summer filled with refreshing house-made sodas, because I’ll surely be back. And now that I know they have wifi I’ll probably end up moving in.

Treats on Washington
379 Washington Street
Brighton, MA 02135

617.202.5837

[Chels]

14 Comments

  • Kimberly said:

    Ohhh I see this every day when I take the express bus to work. You’ve convinced me to give it a try!

    June 17, 2011 8:21 pm
  • Michelle said:

    I rarely make it out to your neck of the woods but those meringues look SO good!

    June 17, 2011 8:44 pm
  • Audrey said:

    Looks wonderful! Can’t wait to try!

    June 17, 2011 8:59 pm
  • Noa said:

    Looks and sounds delish! Just had that “juices running from the two top corners of my mouth” thing. HAVE TO stop by there!!!

    June 17, 2011 9:23 pm
  • Joanne said:

    This is a must-try for the next time I’m in Boston!

    June 18, 2011 7:29 am
  • Yum, I want that stuffed bread!

    June 18, 2011 7:39 am
  • Elizabeth said:

    How have I not been here yet??! This literally looks like my motherland. I’d heard a few good reviews of Treats but your full photo recap has convinced me I need to go asap.

    June 18, 2011 8:52 am
  • Amy said:

    That place looks awesome! It’s cute bakeries/shops like that which make me want to own one some day (yeah right, I don’t think I could take the pressure or pull it off in general). But that sandwich!? OH. MY. GOSH. Looks amazing. My former roomie and I were at a deli last weekend and the food was delicious but the decor needed some help! This place looks like it has it all!!!

    June 18, 2011 10:38 am
  • B said:

    Excellent! MMMMMmmmmmm!!!

    June 18, 2011 2:34 pm
  • Claudia said:

    I love small delectable, neighborhood places. I think I could move into there. The hibiscus soda truly looks refreshing right now as we are awash in humidity. Yes, I think I could graze through that eatery.

    June 18, 2011 9:12 pm
  • If I still lived in my Brighton apartment, this would be right down the road! Would’ve been a wonderful treat.

    June 19, 2011 11:59 pm
  • Shannon said:

    that place looks awesome. ginger soda, fabulous. i need to get out your way :)

    June 20, 2011 2:18 pm
  • Rodney said:

    This place is amazing! I had the soda the other day during lunch and it was sooo good. The red velvet cake is the best!

    June 20, 2011 10:42 pm
  • Brighton Center just keeps on getting better! I’m glad another bakery replaced Cherry Bomb Bakery and I’m especially glad they sell sandwiches too! Hope I can get here soon!

    June 22, 2011 11:10 am

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