Worthy waffles at Curio Coffee in Cambridge
Justin Pronovost named his newly opened East Cambridge cafe, Curio Coffee, for the unusual and intriguing objects he has collected to decorate the space. On one shelf, there’s a horse’s jawbone; an old barnacle cluster and natural-history books from the 1800s adorn others. Over the La Marzocco espresso machine hangs a fiberglass cow’s head from the former Hilltop Steakhouse in Saugus. A Mission-style oak counter came from Lawrence District Courthouse. Pronovost, 33, says he wants the 15-seat coffee shop to “evoke a turn-of-the-century vibe like a 100-year-old European cafe.” Its espresso drinks are brewed with Counter Culture beans and crafted with grass-fed milk. Hot chocolate is made with Taza Chocolate cacao, and loose-leaf teas come from Mem Tea. And the cafe’s specialty is cooked-to-order Belgian Liege waffles ($3.50). The warm, ragged-edged treat is made with yeasty brioche dough and embedded with bits of pearl sugar, filling the pockets with crunch and caramelizing the exterior. Served in a waxed paper bag, it’s a perfect to-go snack when you don’t have time to linger with a cappuccino and enjoy the curiosities. 441 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 857-242-3018.