We have a new eatery in SoPo called Verbena; it is located right next to Smaha’s (aka Legion Square Market) at 103 Ocean Street. The owner, Melissa Coriarty, is the former sous chef of Hugo’s in Portland. The space is lovely and lofty, with a high ceiling and bright colors. The breakfast and lunch menu can be eaten in or or taken “to go.” They serve fantastic coffee and yummy teas, but the real story here is the brownie and the fact that I have found brownie nirvana.
Lollie and I have always aspired to find the ultimate brownie. I do believe we have got it! Verbena’s brownies are moist, dense, rich and uber-chocolatey. Bliss, I tell you, sheer, total, chocolate bliss. FYI – Melissa rotates her bakery offerings and her cookies are quite notable, but if you are in search of a brownie, you might want to call first to make sure they are available.
Flavorista Julie loves the sandwich wraps at Verbena and the meatloaf looks really delicious, but seriously meatloaf cannot, does not compete with brownies. Stay tuned for more on Verbena, if I ever get past the brownies.