The Best Thing I Ate This Week: Cafe Stella's Bread Pudding
Anytime I’m in Norfolk I make it a point to visit the eclectic treasure of a coffee shop that is Café Stella. The café was what most would call crowded, but really it just made this Ghent spot all the more cozy. Students were seated at tables typing away at their final exams for the semester, some chatted with old friends and some were there to just enjoy the live music over a cup of quality joe, all of which is roasted in house. I was of course there for a midday latte and treat with my hubby.
Though I do venture to new restaurants quite often, Café Stella is a place that feels like home. They'll always have their luscious apricot scones, and I can rest assured that my latte will come with its perfect dense foam decorated with a lovely rosetta. As I placed my usual order for a lavender latte and scone, I paused, perused the menu and went for their Bread Pudding instead. So what if it was 2 p.m.? Dessert is not bound by time for this gal.
My husband and I sat outside on the yellow stools overlooking Colonial Avenue. After a few sips of my latte, the bread pudding was delivered. The spongy homemade bread was hearty, retaining an eggy bounciness with each bite. The pudding was evenly-saturated in a lovely caramelized sugar-syrup concoction. It wasn’t too dry or heavy like some bread puddings are when weighed down by an assortment of toppings or too-sugary filling. It was a polished slice etched with scalloped layers of cinnamon and sugar laced in the most delectable sweet bread. Clearly I was in dessert heaven.
While I’ll always love Stella’s apricot scones, their classic bread pudding will certainly be added to my rotation.
Café Stella is located at 1907 Colonial Avenue in Norfolk. They are open Monday–Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Visit Café Stella’s Facebook Page to stay up to date on menu additions and live performance announcements.