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Jan 30, 2008 09:54 AM

The Flakey Tart - OMG-My Review!

We finally visited the much heralded Flakey Tart this morning. There was nobody there when we arrived, which was good for us because we were able to park in the tiny parking lot in front. The very nice lady at the counter said they were already sold out of the scones but there was still so much that I wanted to try so no problem. With our coffees, dh had a blueberry muffin and I had a chocolate croissant. I had promised dd that I would bring her back a brownie but did not see any displayed. We sat at the counter and it wasn't long before a steady stream of locals would come in, all walking out with more than one item. The blueberry muffin was one of the best I have ever eaten and I think it is very hard to find a good muffin of any kind period. It had a wonderful crumb topping and the blueberries were wonderful. It wasn't too sweet and it had a great flavor. The crossiant was the best I've ever had period. I don't think there are any good bakeries in Monmouth county, at least the ones that I know of. I do like Delicious Orchards Bostom Creme Pie and I do like Twin Pond Farms apple pie, other than that, I can honestly say I stay away from bakeries because I am always disappointed. Until today. This was such a unique bakery because Marie (the owner and pastry chef) was taking goodies out the whole time I was there. Everything was literally being made fresh on the spot and I've never seen anything like this. I asked about the brownies and she said they just came out of the oven and if I would wait, she would cut me a few. Then came out the macoroni and cheese which of course I also took some home. The macoroni and cheese is made with two cheeses, cheddar and gruyere, cream and loads of butter with a lovely crumb topping. Piping hot, right out of the oven she put this on display and immediately cut a portion for me and another customer. I've never seen anything like this. I also bought two chocolate cream tarts which I will save for tonight. DD came home from school, loved the mac and cheese and adored the brownie. I mentioned to Marie that this place is "all over the web" and that is how I heard about it. I told her that I came all the way from Freehold and that I read about her on Chowhound. She said "I love you guys". She said she only uses fresh and natural ingredients, no lard, etc. but she doesn't over charge for items either. If you have a hankering for something and are afraid they might be sold out before you get there, you can order it on the phone and she will put it aside for you. The number is 732-291-2555. I told Marie and the other worker that I was going to go home and put in (another) good word for the Flakey Tart to my chowhounds. Please keep this place in business. It truely is a gem.

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  1. That place sounds wonderful, I can't wait till I 'm in the neighborhood! Do they make sticky buns?

      1. re: njeggy1

        The Flakey Tart is in Atlantic Highlands. Here's a previous thread that includes exact address and directions:

        1. re: RGR

          It is located at 145 First Avenue, very close to the Memphis Pig Out. Please note that they are closed on Mondays and during the week they close around 6. Sundays open until 2; Saturdays till 5 (I think).

          1. re: shesallthat

            As you are driving towards the Harbor its right across the street from the elementary school next to the Marina/Boating Store on the left hand side of the street. Memphis Pig out is actually about a good 6 to 7 hundred yards down the road.

            Their brownies and macaroni and cheese are heavenly.

          2. re: RGR

            so glad you enjoyed it. having met marie at a charity function, you could tell she was passionate about what she does. somehow, i have to get up there for the pan au chocolat, to die for good !

        2. We happened upon The Flakey Tart when we were having unexpected guests over for dinner a few months ago. We had dinner covered but needed dessert. I sent my DH out in search of something. He found The Flakey Tart and brought home a Key Lime pie/tart (not sure what to call it..........had the consistency of a cheesecake). It was out of this world. Ther four of us blew through the whole thing because it was just that good. I haven't had the pleasure of shopping there myself but after all these reviews, I think that will be changing soon!

          1. I also found the Flaky Tart through Chowhound just last week. I drove right up there after calling and asking them to put aside a couple chocolate croissants for me! The bakery is beautiful, and the croissants were delicious. I also got DH a raspberry crumb cake thingy and he said it was yummy, too.

            I'm so happy I found you Flaky Tart!!

            1. I finally had a chance to get down there today. Five stars all around. I was helped by a blond haired lady named Barbara. She was absolutely delightful, friendly and as helpful as could be. She asked me what I'd like and after taking a look around I replied "EVERYTHING!". They were selling a croissant bread pudding and it was insanely good. I also bought one of the key lime tarts, a sleeve of chocolate chip cookies, chocolate coconut macaroons (I bought the last four on display), miniature carrot cake muffins, a blueberry muffin which my friend adored and a cinnamon bun which was out of this world.

              The macaroni and cheese comes out at 11 in the morning and they also serve soup. Sandwich specials change daily. II was there too early today for lunch but I can't wait to go back. YUMMM!