A Boy Named Sault Saint Marie

Blue Bottle drip coffee and a Bien Cuit demi baguette at Sault Ste. Marie.

Blue Bottle drip coffee and a Bien Cuit demi baguette at Sault Ste. Marie.

Dough Loco may have drifted away, relocating two very long blocks to the west, but in its wake has come Sault Ste. Marie, a lovely little cafe from the same owners.

SSMlogoIt’s located in the old Dough Loco spot, on the east side of Park Avenue, between 97th and 98th Streets. In fact, they haven’t even bothered to take the sign down, which has proven to be a shrewd business move as it still draws plenty of locals in the door.

Like its beloved predecessor, Sault Ste. Marie serves Blue Bottle Coffee. But instead of fist-sized doughnuts, there’s a selection of breads and pastries from Bien Cuit. And more seating. The walls showcase some lovely Great Lakes ships, as the cafe is named after a port city on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. And the friendly staff, groovy tunes, and eclectic collection of customers all add to the ambiance, setting Sault Ste. Marie a cup ahead of the competition in all categories.

Dough Loco: The Doughnut As A Meal

Dough Loco on Park Ave between 97th & 98th.

Since I penned the definitive guide to doughnuts in New York City, my own neighborhood has been blessed with the addition of a gourmet doughnut shop. Dough Loco is located on the east side of Park Avenue, between 97th and 98th Streets. It’s run by the same wonderful folks that brought UpYor, as I like to call Upper Yorkville, two high-end drinkeries: ABV and Earl’s Beer & Cheese. Though, I suppose all three are technically in Spanish Harlem.

Dough Loco has made a name for itself with funky flavors like Maple Miso and Blood Orange, but I am a fan of the classic chocolate frosted. They do rotate the selection and have recently been offering a killer cinnamon sugar creation, which is often served warm and freshly powdered.

Dough Loco's chocolate frosted.

Dough Loco’s chocolate frosted.

I should note that these are very doughy doughnuts: thick, dense, and quite massive fists of happiness. You can barely fit them into your mouth to take a bite. And while you might think you can eat more than one, you will fail to do so. They are a meal unto themselves.

To help wash these things down, Dough Loco serves up Blue Bottle Coffee, which we have praised at Smorgusburg. The staff are super friendly and the walls are adorned with what can best be described as a lowbrow homage to Mike Judge’s Beavis & Butthead.

Dough Loco's cinnamon sugar.

Dough Loco’s cinnamon sugar.

The only downside to the place is that it’s small and there isn’t a lot of seating. They have a few stools crowded along a thin counter and then one table in the window. If the weather is nice, I recommend the bench out front as you are bound to have some interesting pedestrian traffic pass by.

UPDATE: Visited Dough Loco recently and had this tasty chocolate-frosted doughnut with mini-marshmallows. Inventive, delicious, and a far better photo than the others!


Delaney BBQ on the High Line at Chelsea Market


The Sir Oink sandwich from Smokeline, Delaney’s Barbecue on the High Line.

I enjoyed their pulled pork and fried chicken tacos at Madison Square Eats last summer, so I decided to try Delaney Barbecue’s operation on the High Line. Dubbed Smokeline, it’s basically a stall nestled among a few others that recently opened for the summer season on the section of the elevated park near Chelsea Market.

While they have a few options, including a variety of toppings, I ordered the Sir Oink, bare freakin naked. Someone might think that pulled pork sandwiched in between two slices of heated, buttered white bread would somehow be lacking. That someone would be dead wrong. It was amazingly delicious. The pork was moist enough, and the buttered bread offered the perfect compliment to the savory scraps of swine. Sir Oink, I salute you!


The view from the High Line while enjoying a Sir Oink sandwich from Delaney’s Barbecue.

But why stop there? I grabbed a cup of freshly dripped coffee from one of the adjacent stalls, Blue Bottle Coffee. After years as a tea drinker, I’ve been enjoying a bit of a coffee renaissance. And I first encountered the glory of the drip at Blue Bottle’s Smorgasburg booth.

Of course, one mustn’t overlook dessert. That’s why I bellied-up for a scoop of valrhona chocolate gelato from L’Arte del Gelato, another of the of the stalls located on this culinary corner of the High Line.

Sir Oink has been retired from the menu. They wouldn’t give me details, other than to say it was an unfortunate incident involving a number of young piglets and that Sir Oink is now getting the help he clearly needs.

That said, they do still serve a delicious pulled pork sandwich. Here’s the one I got, bare freakin naked, the same way Sir Oink apparently liked his piglets.