I try to avoid driving down Florida Street most days.
It’s an exercise in restraint, an intentional tactic that prevents me from indulging my sweet tooth in what I'd consider to be the best cookie in the city.
That cookie? It’s the Sweet & Salty Cookie made by the folks at Greige Patisserie, 408 W Florida St.
It's simple. It's delicious. And it’s everything I could want in a sweet treat... a magnificent masterpiece of a cookie.
The oversized cookie is comprised of a rich dough filled with chocolate chips, pretzels and potato chips, drizzled with caramel and sea salt and topped with a singular chocolate-covered potato chip ($4.25).
It’s rich and crisp and chewy ... sweet enough to satisfy a serious sweet tooth, but salty enough to please someone like me (who generally prefers things more on the savory side). And it’s substantial enough to share … not that you’d really want to do that.
These cookies are such crowd pleasers that I’ve been known purchase them by the dozen as last minute birthday gifts (and trust me when I say no one ever complains).
All of that said, variety is good. And the Sweet & Salty Cookies are among a cadre of almost-equally-delicious cookies sold at Greige. That includes standards like chocolate chip, peanut butter, flourless chocolate walnut, coconut macaroons and a rotating selection of seasonal options (they had gorgeous molasses cookies last time I was there).
And – now that I've said all of that – I might just have to take a drive down Florida Street ... because ...who needs restraint?
Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.