By Ken Gordon

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of reviews of restaurants that will participate in Flavors of Bedford, a Bedford Chamber of Commerce fundraiser, on November 8

Prince Street CafeThere is only one problem with Prince Street Bakery and Café. And that’s that it took this many years for us to appreciate the gem we have right here in town.

Stroll in at any time of day, and if you don’t see what you want on the menu, owner Dana Strayton, Eric or the staff will try to accommodate you.  An omelet at noon?  They’ll suggest a combo of vegetables, meats and cheese, and satisfy your egg craving.  Or a sandwich in the morning?  Don’t mess around and go straight to the Prince Street Breakfast Sandwich.  The disclaimer here is that it’s addictive.  So if it happens to you – and I’m thinking of you, former staffer Rob Peterson – don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Since taking office, I have taken up space at Prince Street Café once a month, usually on Saturday mornings.  There, I have been able to take note of the happy faces of those who have bitten into Dana’s éclairs, cookies, cakes and cannolis.  They’re  hard to resist, and the staff will help guide you to just the right dessert for any occasions.  No fool myself, I have turned to Prince Street to cater constituent events for years, always to rave reviews.

Don’t let the small size of the restaurant or its owner fool you.  Prince Street can boast of  a reputation that carries far across the town’s borders.  I sit as an observer during my office hours, watching cyclists conclude their ride with a treat from Prince Street’s bakery, and military heroes come from Hanscom for a mid-day break.  The US Olympic women’s hockey team made Prince Street a routine stop when they trained at The Edge last year.

Another secret for you.  Congressman Seth Moulton has become a big fan of the Sicilian pizza and Calzone.    As well he should.  Just one slice of these Italian baked treats, with their zippy tomato sauce and just the right combination of cheese on a home made crust, and you’ll be stopping by after work yourself. Even if your work isn’t as far as Washington, D.C.

Many of you know that Prince Street was recently featured on a cable TV realty show.  The premise was for the host of the show to “rescue” the owners of Prince Street from a path of peril, with a spruced up new restaurant and a few new recipes, which by the end of the episode is on a promising new direction.  Well,  just between us, Prince Street was always a terrific spot for lunch, dinner and dessert.  It just took a TV show and maybe some new signs out front to lead us there.

Ken-Gordon--head-shot600Ken Gordon is Bedford’s State Representative in the Massachusetts legislature, a member of the Bedford Chamber of Commerce, and a former restaurant reviewer on the North Shore. 

By agreement with the Bedford Chamber, he does not announce visits to restaurants participating in Flavors of Bedford, so can objectively file these reports.

Gordon’s reviews will focus on restaurants participating in Flavors of Bedford, a fundraising event for the Bedford Chamber of Commerce.

 2015 Flavors of BedfordFlavors of Bedford will take place from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday November 8 at the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel, 44 Middlesex Turnpike in Bedford. Tickets are $40 per person, with special senior and group rates. For more information and to buy tickets visit http://www.flavorsofbedford.org/tickets.html.  

Flavors of Bedford benefits the Bedford Chamber of Commerce, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Friends of Hanscom, an organization that supports military personnel at Hanscom Air Base in Bedford and though out New England.

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