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Jan 17, 2010 09:23 AM

Danish Pastry House -Medford

Was watching the purple gloved show this morning and the topic was brunch. Their hidden jewel was The Danish Pastry House in Medford. Decided to give it a try since it's only 1 mile away.

When you walk in there are tiny bistro tables that are all lopsided. It's completely self serve. There were NO menus to be found. I went to the counter and there were only 2 menus.

We decided on their brunch special. I ordered and was told, "That is seasonal and we don't offer it." Hmmm...OK, why do they still have it on the menu? Went back to the table and asked Husband what else he might like. Went up to the counter, "Veggie omlet and a chevre and herb omlet"...counter person replies, "Oh we don't have any fresh herbs so it will just be chevre." I ended up with 2 scrambled eggs and bacon!

The food was mediocre at best. The pastries looked amazing but we didn't try only because we were annoyed and were not impressed by anything.

I have to say, any place the purple glove mystery man thinks is good is always a let down!

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  1. Never had the brunch foods, but it is a pastry house, after all. Try those amazing-looking pastries next time, because that's what they do best.

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    1. re: newhound

      Yah, except the pastries are not that good either. They do not use all-butter and you can taste it. The only ones that are really decent are the marzipan based ones. Some of their multi-grain breads are excellent and noteworthy. I used to live two blocks away and seldom went. Most stuff just not that delicious.

      1. re: StriperGuy

        Gotta agree. Not worth the calories. We live two minutes from the one in Watertown (retail bakery - so just pastries) and the only time I ever went was when my kid took gymnastics practically next door.


        1. re: StriperGuy

          I have to agree with StriperGuy. I live just a few blocks from DPH and really, really want to like it, and have therefore gone there several times and tried many different pastries, but so far nothing has wowed me, and one item I purchased tasted so bad that I actually had to spit it out. - it had a very off, chemical taste to it. I'll still go there to meet with friends and have a cup of tea, but have stopped bothering with the pastries.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            In response to StriperGuy, I think we will have to agree to disagree. I adore their Kringle and must admit that I will fight people over a piece of it. I think they are a great lunch place, and when I stop there in the morning in time for a warm scone my day instantly gets better.

            I love their dessert pastries - is that what you have a problem with? I love that the always seem to have new things coming out, so I never get bored.

            On a personal note, I have not posted here in a long time. So long in fact that I forgot my login and had to create a new one today to speak on behalf of my favorite place. I feel like I do have a tie to the bakery as I have been loyal to them since they opened when I lived down the street in Medford. I really like the people who work there and I love the whole feel of the place. It is warm and welcoming.

            Try some of the dessert pastries - I know you will change your opinion.

            1. re: Mangbrosia

              I have tried pretty much every item they make 2-3 times.

              I really wanted to like them. I lived 3 blocks away for years, and now live less than a mile from their main bakery in Watertown, bottom line the dessert pastries are just not very good and I seldom find a reason (this being a guy who will drive an hour for a good pastry) to go. Their marzipan items are okay, but essentially all taste the same. Many of the others are just plain forgettable.

              I agree the Kringle is one of their better items, but even that is not worth a special trip to me.

              Their multi grain breads are excellent.

              They need to take a trip to Paris, or Vienna and see what real tasty stuff tastes like.

              I would rather have pastries from:

              - Athan's (their Jamaica)
              - Tabrizi Bakery
              - Modern
              - Maria's

              1. re: StriperGuy

                >They need to take a trip to Paris, or Vienna

                To specialize in Danish breads and pastry?

                1. re: PaulB

                  I don't care where they learn how to make tasty pastries, heck someone in Copenhagen has to be making really awesome pastries, but these ain't it.

                  Best pastries I ever had were in Paris.

                  1. re: PaulB

                    Do all Danish pastries forego butter in favor of other fats that taste bad and mess up the texture?

                    This is my main issue with them - love the place and the people (and the coffee is pretty good, too) but don't like the croissants and pastries at all - a long time ago they made amazing ham and cheese croissants but then something changed before they even opened the Medford shop - sounds like it's still a problem.

                    1. re: rlh

                      On another thread someone said Danish Pastry House does use all butter. Whatever it is, I agree that their pastries and croissant are just not tasty.

                      For anyone who does happen to make it to Paris try out the mindblowing pastries at Girard Mulot: That place changed my mind about just how good pastries could taste. I had a six hour layover once and hit it with a friend for breakfast. Brought tears to our eyes.

          2. I was there for the buffet brunch yesterday. Pricey at $15, but I decided to go for it anyways. Brunch included scrambled eggs, cinnamon french toast, pastries, breads, bacon, sausage, paninis, meats, cheese, yogurt, granola, fruit, etc. I left satisfied and full.

            For one plate of food, probably not worth it. For 2-3 plates if you're hungry, sure, why not. I'm glad DPH is in walking distance of me and would much rather have this place than another starbucks or dunkin donuts.

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            1. re: Calico Jack

              "would much rather have this place than another starbucks or dunkin donuts."

              That is for sure.