Visited: Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 9 a.m.
The best part about traveling are those unexpected discoveries along the way. A couple weekends back, Visit Butler County had us out to do a little safe, local shopping and dining in downtown Hamilton; you can read about the full experience in my blog post on Ohio.org.
The following morning we strolled around to see some of the public art and grab breakfast at Almond Sisters Bakery downtown. And, man, were we in for a treat.
The bakery’s small storefront can be found on High Street, catty corner from the Butler County courthouse. They offer a full-service coffee bar plus a wonderful selection of scratch-made pastries, cookies, bar, rolls.
The place was already on our radar because Brian, the owner of Future Great Comics in town, was singing the praises of their geode cookies. I love when local businesses brag on each other.
My eye went immediately to the giant, bear claw-like pumpkin croissants. Fantastic structure and flavor to them.
And we selected a couple geodes – chocolate chip cookies with brownies inside them – based on Brian’s recommendation.
The big hit were the almond twists, like little twisted fingers of iced pastry with marzipan. We ordered a couple, took our stuff outside, took one bite of these, then promptly went back in and bought another half dozen.
Here’s our total haul (clockwise from upper right): M&M cookie sandwich, a pumpkin croissant (incredible), almond twists (just two?) a bacon and cream cheese cheese croissant, almond croissant, a geode, chocolate cookie in the center.
Props to their coffee service, too. They had one of the best pumpkin spice lattes (named the Basic Bee) that I’ve tasted, and I’m not usually a fan. Beth also loved the Kyoto, a velvety smooth mocha.
The city of Hamilton has helpfully lined the street with picnic tables for more socially distanced dining.
We took our spoils of war outside and dug in.
Even weeks later, I’m still thinking about the pastries we had at Almond Sisters. I can’t wait to go back there, and if you’re passing through the city, be sure to stop!