I admit that sometimes I am judgmental.
Especially when it comes to baked goods.
I don’t think you have to be the world’s best baker or foodie to appreciate a fresh, made-from-scratch bakery item. The difference between a muffin made from a mix, or made by hand from fresh ingredients is palpable.
I’ve been disappointed many times going into a café that serves great coffee, but mediocre baked goods. Typically, the muffins and breads are a bit too sweet and cake-like, and the scones are either tough and doughy, or too dry and flavorless.
Good scones seem particularly hard to find. However, today I hit upon one of the best scones I have had in Madison, at a café that is arguably one of Madison’s hidden treasures.
Ironworks Café, in the Goodman Neighborhood Center, is a testament to excellent business practices and a successful community enrichment program. The café, which is tucked into a sunny corner of the building, serves up delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. All of the food is cooked from scratch. The meals feature local and seasonal ingredients and are served up by students enrolled in East High School’s alternative education program. As a matter of fact, the students, under professional direction, are responsible for all of the café's operations.
And they serve incredible scones. The scones are buttery and crisp on the outside, yet flakey and tender, but not doughy, on the inside. A cup of dark roast Just Coffee with brown sugar cubes provided the perfect compliment to the dried cherry scone I devoured today. Judging by my plate of crumbs, I will be back!
Goodman Community Center
149 Waubesa Street
Madison, WI 53704