At first glance, the pastry looks far from appetizing. The exterior is a steely black color and out from the middle, a green, mucus-like spread of garlic oozes out from the freshly baked crust. It's an ugly specimen of pastry -- but a cult-favorite among customers.
Clarissa Wei Squid ink bread
It's really just a glorified garlic bread, but the slightly briny flavor of squid ink makes all the difference. The formal title is the Japanese Calamari Stick, a squid ink-based bread stuffed with Vermont sharp cheddar cheese and a garlic spread on top. The best part? They're only 65-cents each. (Oh, and the squid ink. But we're admittedly biased.)
We finally got our hands on this elusive bread after an early morning visit to the 85°C Bakery Café's new West Covina location. Customers were stocking up on the pastry, often piling up more than five on their plates.More »