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  1. Sherman's in Union Square, Somerville. The strawberry one is amazing, although I find the chocolate chip one a close second, especially if you get them when the chocolate chips are still melty. Good luck.

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    1. re: makonna

      A note on the scones at Sherman St: for better or worse, they're pretty atypical. The dough is significantly lighter and airier than a garden variety scone; Bob Dobalina once posted that they're kind of "biscuity".

      I've never been much of a scone kind of guy, but I really like the ones from Sherman. Maybe they're scones for people who don't like scones.

      1. re: finlero

        And for people who don't like people who like "normal" scones. :-b
        I don't think there is any reason a proper scone has to evoke a hockey puck.
        Though I recently had a fig scone from Petsi (central sq.) that was yummy.

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          Amen to Petsi's, BD. Friends brought us a sampler of four recently, and though I'm not normally a scone guy, all were great. Especially dug their blueberry and their frosted lemon. Deeelicious.

      2. re: makonna

        I'm a little late with this one but I agree, the scones at Sherman's are delicious! I like the apricot almond one the best and was actually a little disappointed with the strawberry one. My second favorite was the oatmeal cherry (I think?).

        And to go off topic a bit, their bacon egg and cheese sandwiches are delicious as well :)

        1. re: makonna

          Gotta be Sherman!! They make them right there, and they have the perfect texture, sweetness and bit of crunch. Definitely "biscuity." My favorite is probably the apricot-almond also (the fruit gets a little chewy on the outside, but stays tender inside, yum) but they are all delicious.... thanks to this thread, I might have to go have one this afternoon. They are HUGE, however, so bring a friend ; )

          ... and if they are out of scones, you can always get one of the awesome carrot-cake muffins.

          1. re: erican

            Just to add another shout out for Sherman - since this thread started two years ago, Sherman has expanded its scone offerings - The lemon scone fresh out of the oven was pretty much manna from heaven for me in 2008, but now I cannot resist whatever savory scone they put out each day - some combo of squash, cheese, onion, occasional meat, herbs - always that flaky biscuit-like interior. So good.

              1. re: catsmeow

                Sherman Cafe in Union Square

                Sherman Cafe
                257 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

        2. Clear Flour's scones are quite amazing... Perfect moist content.

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          1. re: joebelt

            They're not made in-house - I don;t know where they get them but I like the savory scones at Toscanini's

            1. re: Fenway_Frank

              I highly doubt Clear Flour doesn't make their own scones. What sources do you have to advance that claim?

                1. re: Fenway_Frank

                  Toscanini's are made at the Biscuit (was Toscanini's and Sons) near Dali/Wine Cheese Cask in Somerville. They are not owned by the same people anymore. They also make the scones for Diesel, T-lux, DaDo, Darwin's, and Zing.


                  1. re: yarm

                    ooooh. Good to know. I've been by the Biscuit many times, but kind of thought it was a dog bone bakery. Go figure.

          2. Canto 6 in Jamaica Plain - on the corner of Washington and Green street.

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            1. re: Prav

              Cinnamon scones from South End Buttery.

              1. re: msgcook

                I was in there yesterday and they'd put a cinnamon scone on the counter to sample. I was hooked!

              2. Currant/raisin from Greenhills in Dorchester - soft and doughy - great toasted with butter.

                Currant from Petsi Pies in Somerville - very crispy - no toasting ever needed/wanted!

                1. Cafe Ula in JP, without a doubt. Lemon ginger, pear almond, and my favorite, whole wheat cherry pecan. Very spare, buttery, rustic--just perfect.

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                  1. re: Fenway_Frank

                    I make the best scones! I use the lemon cream scone recipe on epicurious.com, and have tried many adaptations. There's no turning back!


                    1. re: janeh

                      Blue Frog Bakery in Jamaica Plain has out of this world scones.

                      1. re: edgewater

                        Ditto to what edgewater said. Blue Frog's scones are in a class by themselves. I HATE dry scones that disintegrate when you bite into them. Blue Frog's are crunchy on the outside and beautifully moist on the inside. It's a small place though so if you wanted to buy a LOT, like for a brunch party or sumthin it's a good idea to order in advance.

                    2. re: Fenway_Frank

                      I second Ula! Buttery, light but dense and not too biscuity. Whole wheat pecan cherry are my favorites, but they're all good--lemon thyme, cherry almond, oatmeal currant.

                      1. re: saltyair

                        I wonder if they've changed the recipe. I threw away my blueberry scone from there, and it takes a lot for me to throw out a sweet treat.

                        1. re: saltyair

                          absolutely agree. I had a great berry scone form there this morning - light and fluffy and they use fresh fruit.

                        2. Quebrada Bakery in Arlington (Camebridge?) and Wellesley has great blueberry scones and currant scones. Two sizes- large and petite.

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                          1. re: emilief

                            Wow, this really makes me miss Quebrada. I used to live nearby and always thought the currant scones were out of this world.

                            1. re: kitsune

                              Still mad at Quebrada for not making the parmesan scallion scones any more - they were my favorite. They made the both full sized & mini. I tried to see if I could special order them in bulk but they wouldn't. SIGH.
                              I did like the scones from Canto 6, but heard the original owners left - maybe Joanie can chime in & let us know if there's any change in taste since the new owners took over?

                              1. re: southie_chick

                                I hate to say it but I feel like they're not as good. I've been twice and one time the advertised ingredients were barely in there (it was a while ago, can't remember what the flavors were supposed to be). Then last time the options seem like they're just not as inventive in general. I always like the combos like date and something or choc. chip and raspberry. It was either blueberry or a single flavor option. The croissants didn't look as good and there weren't as many flavors of those either (no choc. almond but maybe they were out of them). We'll see.

                                1. re: Joanie

                                  Bummer! I hope the puff pastry hasn't changed.

                          2. Alas Claremont Cafe used to have amazing scones but they have long since passed

                            1. My absolute favorite is the cinnamon-chip scone at True Grounds in Somerville.

                              True Grounds
                              715 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

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                              1. re: heathermb

                                Iggy's used to have oatmeal maple scones. They didn't have them at the mothership but used to have them at City Feed and Supply in JP. One day (2004) they were gone. Has anyone seen them since? The thick maple frosting on top was so delicious. I admit it wasn't your traditional scone.

                                1. re: heypielady

                                  I see them regularly at Peet's, one of the better items in the pastry case there. I believe they use Carberry's as their local supplier.

                                  1. re: finlero

                                    I really like the icing on the Carberry's maple scone--think it's one of their best items.
                                    The Oxford spa in Cambridge has quite rich, fruit/nut studded scones that I like (although they may not as good as they used to be). You have to get there early.

                              2. Petsi's in Somerville.

                                B&R in Framingham has the most amazing currant scone I have ever tasted. They sell them at Savenor's in Cambridge.

                                1. The fig/vanilla one fromCanto 6 yesterday was amazing. Hard to choose between that and the pear/raspberry. And everything else of course.

                                  1. Concord Tea Cakes in Concord, MA.

                                    1. Tasty scones at Sound Bites in Sommerville!

                                      1. I agree with those who love Canto6's scones - they are drop scones so they have tons of great craggly nubs and crannys and the high quality of their ingredients really shines through. I also love the lemon ginger scones at Flour and while I'm not a big fan of lowfat items (usually find them not worth the effort - just eat less of a full-fat item if you're trying to cut back!) I also really like their heart healthy dried fruit scone with raisins and cranberries and candied ginger and apricots. They somehow make it moist and tender without seeming lowfat.

                                        1. Definitely not much of a scone connehoweveryouspellitseur, but I occassionally stop in at the boulangerie at Sel de la Terre and pick some up there for my coworkers, and I found them to be very good.

                                          1. i like the scones at true grounds coffee shop in ball sq somerville, also quebrada in arlington, as well as biscuit in somerville (cheddar savory scones there are good for hangovers !)

                                            1. Pretty good ones at Sorrelle in Charlestown. Orange poppy is a staple and they have different fruit ones every day.

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                                              1. re: ebone

                                                I'll second Sorrelle. When I lived next store they were a diet staple.

                                              2. Breads N Bits in Melrose has really delicious scones. Also great brown bread.

                                                Breads N Bits of Ireland
                                                530 Main St # 1, Melrose, MA

                                                1. The Hot Spot in Reading on Haven Street. None better.

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                                                  1. re: DianneF

                                                    I can't believe no one has mentioned Flour bakery in the Soyth End.

                                                    1. re: Jeangenie

                                                      For what it's worth, tumbledrylow gave the scones at Flour a nod above.

                                                      1. re: Jeangenie

                                                        I can't believe I forgot about Flour! Cheddar scallion scones...num.

                                                    2. I've really enjoyed the butterscotch scones from the South End Buttery.

                                                      1. maple walnut at hi rise. Not too maply, perfect. two bucks, so not a typical Hi Price item.

                                                        1. I don't know if anyone is interested but a scone in the UK is a very different item. It's more like a bisquit (which not to confuse things, is what in the UK they call a cookie), very light, short dough, about 1 1/2" in diameter, plain or with currants, which you break apart and slather with strawberry jam and a dollop of whipped cream (if you're having a "cream" tea) or just butter. As if it needs more butter!
                                                          What we here call a scone I think in the UK they might call a rock cake, much larger, bumpier crust, more flavours.
                                                          And some people say "Scone" to rhyme with "cone", but most people pronounce it "scone" to rhyme with "gone."
                                                          I've never seen that type here, except at my house or as made by English friends.

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                                                          1. re: cassis

                                                            I have - out at B&R Breads in Framingham.

                                                            1. re: cassis

                                                              I've seen this variety at places that do Afternoon Teas - like fancy hotels or specialty tea shops. I haven't tried any of the places that do that here in Boston, but I know there are a few.

                                                              I love both kinds!

                                                              1. re: erican

                                                                The Taj serves that type of scone and it's very nice.

                                                              2. re: cassis

                                                                British scones are the ones I love. I have been searching for quite some time and can't seem to find them in the Metrowest. So, when I get recommendations, I am usually disappointed since it's not the type of scone I'm looking for :(. If anyone has found good current scones in the Littleton/Acton/Concord area, I'd love to know!

                                                                1. re: friendly.toast

                                                                  friendly.toast, have you tried the scones at Concord Teacakes in West Concord? It's been a while since I've been out there, but I thought they were somewhat on the order of a British scone.

                                                                  Worth a visit, anyway, if you haven't been by yet.

                                                                  1. re: friendly.toast

                                                                    Nashoba Brook in west Concord makes a very nice currant scone but I don't know how British they are.

                                                                2. I didn't see this thread when it first came around. Verrill Farms, in Concord, has excellent scones, particularly when they're still warm in the morning.

                                                                  1. Never liked scones until I had them at The Biscuit (formerly Toscanini's and Panini) in Somerville. As mentioned above, they are more biscuit-y than other scones. The flavor I like best is Plum Ginger, and recently they started making savory scones like Spinach Feta and Cheddar & Carmelized Onion. Sooooo yummy.

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                                                                    1. Petsi Pies in Somerville.
                                                                      Try the lemon and pear walnut. Great stuff!
                                                                      On Saturdays, she makes ham, carmelized onion, gorgonzola cheese biscuits, do yourself a favor and pick up some.

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                                                                      1. re: janzy

                                                                        Why you gotta go and tell people at the savory biscuits? They already sell out way too quickly. Chowhounds, listen up! Don't eat, them - they're terrible! Save them for me and I'll take them all off your hands.

                                                                        1. re: gini

                                                                          in case petsi's pies runs out, canto 6 also makes the same thing. highly recommended, though i don't know if they do them on a set schedule or not.

                                                                      2. Strawberry oatmeal scones at Mariposa in Central Square.

                                                                        1. Cranberry orange scones at Nashoba Brook - so good!

                                                                          1. Was on Cape Ann last weekend. Ghost town on Easter Sunday, but happened upon one of the only places in town open for business...Pleasant Street Tea Company. Had an amazing lemon scone with just the right amount of fresh rind baked in. It was accompanied with a cream-cheesy sort of spread...maybe cream cheese & a bit of lemon curd? no doubt...it was yummy!

                                                                            1. As someone who was a pastry chef in a bakery for years I can say, hands down, Petsi Pies in Cambridge is by far the best scone in the area.

                                                                              1. I'm addicted to the golden raisin ones at the new TC's Cafe in Hyde Park. They/re a little moist. I never like most scones because of their dryness. These are wonderful.

                                                                                1. Verril Farm in Concord, MA definitely has the best scones. And judging by the fact that they sell out almost immediately, I'm not the only one. I really love the cranberry orange ones. And I made my own last weekend using the cranberry scone recipe from epicurious.com and replaced the dried cranberries with fresh. They came out PERFECT!

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                                                                                  1. re: smcbride3

                                                                                    Verril Farm's are fantastic. White Chocolate Rasberry, yum.

                                                                                  2. Hallowed Herbs Tea House in Quincy, MA... Light buttery Sconces with moist blueberries....

                                                                                    Fun for an afternoon high tea

                                                                                    1. You haven't lived until you've tried the white chocolate raspberry scones at Verrill Farm. In fact all their scones are delicious--crunchy on the outside, moist inside. Flavors include apricot, mixed berry, cinnamon, banana chocolate chip, coconut pineapple among many others---they mix up the kinds depending upon what is in season.

                                                                                      1. They are not made in house, but the scones at Equal Exchange Cafe on Causeway Street in Boston are fantastic.

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                                                                                        1. re: hunterboston

                                                                                          I picked up a couple of cranberry scones at Keltic Krust in West Newton when I went to buy Irish Bread and they were excellent.

                                                                                          1. re: edgewater

                                                                                            Agreed. I had the raisin scones and they were very good. I don't like my scones to be dessert. I like the UK type and that's what these were.

                                                                                            1. re: Scruffy The Cat

                                                                                              I would buy the scones at Keltic Krust often when they had a Brighton Center branch years ago, but haven't gone out to the West Newton store. Glad to hear they are still excellent.

                                                                                        2. Nashoba Brook Bakery of West Concord makes amazing scones. It was more like a UK scone, less sweet with currants and no glazing. I really, really miss their South End location!

                                                                                          Nashoba Brook Bakery Cafe
                                                                                          152 Commonwealth Ave., Concord, MA 01742

                                                                                          1. Sherman recently had a orange zest and dark chocolate scone and a lemon poppy scone - big WOW! to both.

                                                                                            1. The best I have had to date are out side of the city, at Verrill Farms in Concord, MA. Delicious and moist, but still very 'scone-like"every time! I particularly love their lemon scone with white chocolate chips and a light lemon glaze...mmmm

                                                                                              Verrill Farm
                                                                                              11 Wheeler Rd, Concord, MA, MA 01742

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                                                                                              1. re: food_lubber

                                                                                                My vote is for Hi-Rise Bread Company. It's the only scone that doesn't feel like lead in my stomach and dry in my palate.

                                                                                                Hi-Rise Bread Company
                                                                                                56 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA

                                                                                                1. re: tatsu

                                                                                                  Have you tried the Sherman scones?

                                                                                              2. Scups! (On the harbor in Eastie - great views and fun!) Thalia, their baker makes wonderful treats...

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                                                                                                1. re: fredid

                                                                                                  Just read 9lives comments on the view - He's right! (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/667245) Not expansive ocean views, but urban/interesting. On the other hand, with the nice weather, walk on over to Piers Park and you'll have a sparkling view of the skyline....

                                                                                                2. As a former baker I can tell you that Petsi Pies makes the absolute best. Quality ingredients, made on site, always fresh.

                                                                                                  Petsi Pies
                                                                                                  285 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

                                                                                                  1. Verrill Farm in Concord makes lots of varieties (call to see what they have, and if you want it ----asked for it to be held). Theirs are not hockey pucks. The make raspberry and white chocolate, which is wonderful still warm, triple berry, banana cinnamon,sometimes apple cinnamon, sometimes peach, pear ginger, strawberry,there is a blueberry kind and a lemon kind... cant remember them all, they have a bout 6 at a time.

                                                                                                    Verrill Farm
                                                                                                    11 Wheeler Rd, Concord, MA, MA 01742

                                                                                                    1. Gren Hills Bakery in Dorchester is the winner. No arguement.
                                                                                                      Try the raisin scone with rasberry jam and butter.
                                                                                                      You will never go anywhere else.