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The Artist Baker

Reviewed by Deborah P. Carter   
Posted December 5, 2010

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The Artist Baker
14-16 Cattano Street, Morristown
973-267-5540


Hours: Mon–Sat, 8 am–5 pm

Price: $/$$

Style:
Cozy, with French-bistro charm: whimsical wallpaper, bead-board paneling and mismatched dinnerware that looks culled from Grandma’s cupboard. 

Don’t Miss: The menu changes daily but always includes soup ($4) served with a thick slice of buttery toasted focaccia, salads ($9.95) and a quiche of the day ($9.95) served with a small green salad. Soup options may include pumpkin curry—nearly thick enough to stand a spoon in—topped with a dollop of crème fraîche and a sprinkling of herbs; or spicy kale with andouille sausage. The pleasing salad options may include chicken with walnuts and cranberries, and roasted pear with goat cheese topped with a light vinaigrette, strawberries and pomegranate seeds. Dessert is a must—whether you’ve come for breakfast (scones, croissants with house-made preserves), lunch or to pick up a flaky double-crust chicken pot pie ($9.95) for later. Deliciously fun mini-cupcake “dots” ($1.50 each) come in more than a half dozen varieties, from red velvet and double chocolate to carrot cake. Or try the bite-sized tarts—chocolate-caramel topped with salted cashew ($2.25) or fresh fig and almond ($2.25)—which offer gooey goodness in an (almost) guilt-free portion.

Heads up: On Sundays the Artist Baker hosts farm-to-table dinners ($85) in its recently expanded dining room, which seats about 20. The dinner’s proceeds benefit a local charity.

The Scoop:
Owners Andrea Davidson and her mother, Fran Davidson, in 2009 partnered to open the shop. Among the Artist Baker’s clients is Dean & DeLuca, which, during autumn, sold their fanciful marshmallow-and-cereal Halloween treats.

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