I was setting up a meeting with Howie from Yelp and he suggested we meet at Mean Bao in Nob Hill. I hadn’t ever been, so I had no idea what to expect. Was it a coffee shop? Was it food? What was it?!?! I checked Yelp and it said a bakery. Hhmmm, okay.
When I entered, I loved the contrast of the black and orange throughout the entire store. It was bright, trendy and I had a feeling it was going to be expensive. I was wrong. Most of the foods they had were $1-$2, much cheaper than I’m used to at the coffee shops and things where I normally buy little baked goods during meetings.
I wasn’t sure what to pick, so the woman helping suggested a few things and told me the Bolo Bao was the most popular. Cream filled and there is this thing that tastes like a sugar cookie on top. Sounds good, let’s try it.
It was amazing! The dough was soft and filled with a cream…but the top had a soft sugar cookie type taste to it. Oh my! This could be dangerous! Now, the entire Bolo Bao was a little big for me, because I don’t normally eat that much sweet at one time, but the taste was outstanding. I only paid $3 for the Bolo Bao and a IZZE (which I feel in love with). That’s much cheaper than the bigger, chain places I normally end up at.
The entire store is spacious and comfortable. The staff is friendly and overall I give it two thumbs up. Kudos to Yelp for the suggestion!
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3409 Central Ave. NE Albuquerque, NM 87106
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