Bend a knee to Sophie La Gourmande’s regal pastry, the Kouign Sophie ($4.25). The Cleveland Heights patisserie’s take on the classic kouign (pronounced ‘Queen’) uses the same dough as its house-made croissants and Danishes but swirls it into a roll and sprinkles it with chai spice and sugar.
“We took some license and liberties and decided that we should name that the Kouign Sophie,” says chef and owner Bob Sferra.
Sophie was a pandemic baby, Sferra says, born out of his catering company, Culinary Occasions. “Some of the shelf-stable French short-bread cookies and handmade chocolates and confectionery were selling elsewhere.”
The brick and mortar opened in May 2022 with a full patisserie menu as well as French-style sandwiches and entrees for lunch. It might be the new kid on the block, but with inventive twists on classics like the Kouign Sophie and the everything Danish (a Danish with cream cheese and everything bagel season-ing $4.75) Sophie will quickly become a favorite. sophielagourmande.com
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