Carb lovers, rejoice: We put our stomachs (and gluten tolerance) to the test to find Sarasota’s best muffin. After we asked our 8,500-plus Facebook fans for their opinions, we hit up local bakeries and taste-tested more than a dozen. Here are the results.
Jim’s Small Batch Bakery Cranberry Clementine Muffin
Tender and bursting with cranberry and fresh clementine flavor, these from-scratch, small-batch muffins were far and away the judges’ favorite. “They taste like Christmas morning!” was a recurring exclamation. (Fun fact: Jim’s Small Batch owner James Plocharsky uses the juice and zest of an entire clementine in the batter.)
Pastry Art’s Espresso Muffin
Pastry Art pumps out four dozen of these caffeine-laden muffins daily, and for good reason: Not only are they enormous, the batter has a true espresso flavor (and is studded with chocolate chips), and the powdered-sugar-dusted muffin top is moist, filling and flavorful.
Fresh Start Café’s Chocolate-Orange Muffin
We eat with our eyes first, and clearly Fresh Start Café realizes that: Its chocolate-orange muffin is large, perfectly muffin-shaped and topped with a slice of orange that’s been dipped in chocolate, so you know exactly what you’re getting.
Oasis Café’s Blueberry Muffin
A great muffin has great texture, and we loved that Oasis Café’s sugar-sprinkled muffin top added just the right amount of crunch to the muffin’s tender, blueberry-filled innards.
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This article appears in the January 2014 issue of Sarasota Magazine. Like what you read? Click here to subscribe. >>