A Time to Taste is a relatively new breakfast and sandwich shop located in the Financial District on Devonshire Street in between Winthrop Square and Milk Street. It took over the space once occupied by wrap-centric Roly Poly and is next door to Cafe de Boston.
A Time to Taste is owned and operated by a daughter, Tina, and her mother. They open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays from 7 AM to 4 PM and do catering as well. Their menu features soups, salads, sandwiches, panini, cookies, brownies, turnovers, and more. If a full sandwich at lunch is too much for you, A Time to Taste does offer soups daily which can be bought in a cup or bowl size. Patrons can request half a sandwich and a cup of soup. You can also request half sandwiches only. If you’re a bit adventurous or want variety, you can even request the halves of two different sandwiches.It’s clean, offers booths or stools for you to sit on and chow. Decor is unfussy and no frills, but this is a quick breakfast and lunch place that caters to Boston’s Financial District, so keep that in mind. Signs are clearly posted of the weekly specials as well as a calendar of upcoming specials and tastings. You can sign up for A Time to Taste’s email list in person if you’re interested in upcoming events.
Simple, basic, tasty and hits the spot if you’re hungry. The turkey tastes good too. The lettuce is fresh and crunchy, the tomato has flavor which is a good thing.
The key thing here is the bacon. No self-respecting BLT is quality unless the bacon is quality, and A Time to Taste delivers. The bacon is crisp, pleasantly salty and clearly not limp. The bacon has been cooked long enough so that the fat has rendered off to become crunchy. A great BLT overall when you throw in their fresh lettuce and flavorful tomato.
This was a solid winner. The meatballs are dense and packed with beef yet well-seasoned. The tomato sauce is slightly sweet, the way I like it and the bread is chewy and crisp after being toasted. What’s not to like?
We got the lunchbox special which consists of the daily sandwich special, a can of soda, chips and a cookie. In this case, it was the chicken salad, which we would have gotten if it wasn’t the special of the day. I must say, this is a very popular sandwich because while waiting in line, there were 4 others who ordered it. The sandwich itself was delicious. The combination of the sweet tangy cranberries and the crunchy nutty buttery pecans in the bread went well with the meaty turkey slathered in cranberry relish.
In the lunchbox special there also was a large chocolate chip cookie, pictured above. These are really good and are made fresh. Initially crunchy at first bite, they are moist and chewy with a good ratio of chocolate to cookie batter.
On the day we visited there also was a dessert tasting which featured the following:
The cherry cheesecakes were adorable. They were good for about 3 bites which is perfect if you don’t want to eat too much dessert after lunch. The brambles reminded me of something my neighbor would make, homey and comforting. The flaky dense crust on these were almost like a thin shortbread.
The brownies were an obvious standout item for me out of these 4 choices. They were dense and packed with rich, sweet chocolate. They were cakey and somewhat fudgy at the same time. The coffee cake was also quite good. It had a good ratio of buttery light cake to sweet coffee crumble. My dining companion adored the banana bread.
Our other favorite dessert, besides the chocolate chip cookie, was the housemade congo bar. I know, I know! Some of you will say, well those are cookies too! They’re cookies. They’re blondies. They’re brownies. Whatever you want to call them, they’re good. You get the flavor of chocolate chip cookies and the moist texture of a brownie. We heard raves about it from a good friend that works nearby and can’t help but concur. I’m not sure what recipe Tina uses, but it’s certainly mouth-watering.
Before our visit we had scoped out the 3 mediocre reviews on Yelp, since there were none on Urbanspoon, and were shocked at the mediocre reviews from last year. However, on the other hand, the Boston Globe had a very favorable review of A Time to Taste’s breakfast muesli the other day. It made us a little wary of the food at first to be honest, but our fears have been laid to rest. Don’t be afraid to check it out.
A Time to Taste is fairly new and only been in business for less than six months. We hope to see many more solid lunch options available as their business continues to grow. Perhaps have a seasonal sandwich and salad rotation? We would also like to return to check out the breakfast sandwich options, garden salads, the roast beef sandwich with BBQ sauce and have another congo bar.
For our readers, feel free to tell Tina that you read about A Time to Taste on Urbanspoon. She would love to hear your feedback about her food.