Six Sweet and Savory Scones to Try from Boston Bakeries

By Eric Twardzik
03/09/2021
Flour Bakery

For historical reasons, Boston will forever be associated with tea. So, it makes sense that local bakers have elevated every cup of tea’s best friend—the humble scone—with a variety of both sweet and savory iterations. Whether you’ve craving something fruity with maple glaze or a salty, cheesy scone that might suffice for lunch, you’ll be well served by the options below.

This Union Square bakery may be best known for its English muffins and breakfast-friendly sandwiches, but don’t sleep on the scones. With flavors inspired by New England, Vinal’s selection currently includes a sweet Maple Walnut version with a maple glaze, and Herb & Squash, made with savory herbs, hearty squash, and parmesan. Both can be ordered ahead of time online for curbside pick-up.

This nearly four-decade-old Brookline institution relies on old-world baking techniques and freshly milled, high-quality flour to produce its baked goods. Scones are made fresh daily, in three varieties: Shortcake Biscuit, Parmesan & Black Pepper, and a seasonally changing fruit scone such as Blueberry Red Currant. Heads-up that Clear Flour keeps it old-school in every regard: baked goods are available on a first-come, first-served basis via in-person ordering only (though you can always call ahead to ask what’s in the case).

This Somerville neighborhood cafe offers an ever-changing selection of scones. At 3 Little Figs, you may find flavors like Blueberry; Fig & Plum; Raspberry with lemon zest; or seasonal specials, like Eggnog studded with cranberries and toasted pecans, finished with an eggnog glaze. Any option will pair well with a piping-hot Cortado or a frothy Matcha Latte. Note that 3 Little Figs is currently open for takeout only, and that all orders must be placed online.

Interior of Flour Bakery + Cafe

With nine locations throughout the Boston area, you’re never too far from James Beard award-winning baker Joanne Chang’s delights. Flour serves four nut-free scones, whose flavors include Currant Spelt-Oat, Lemon Ginger, Whole Wheat Apple Walnut, and Parmesan Chive. Making a decision can be hard, but to make matters easier, at least you can have Flour’s scones—and perhaps a Sticky Bun or two—delivered. All locations are open for walk-ins, pre-ordered pickup, and third-party app delivery.

Allium Market

Credit: Talia Glass/Allium Market

The team at this Coolidge Corner specialty market and cafe bakes up three types of scones every day they’re open (Wednesday through Sunday). Though not listed on the website, swing by Allium Market try the namesake Allium Scone, made with aged cheddar, scallions, and chives; the Cranberry Orange Walnut Scone, which uses a generous amount of orange zest and comes studded with nuts and local cranberries; or the cream-based Citrus Ginger Earl Grey scone, which features bright notes of lemon, orange, candied ginger, and a glaze made from Earl Grey tea. You also have the option of carrying out four-count Take and Bake packs of the unglazed flavors to pop in the oven and have fresh scones at home.

La Saison Bakery

This French-inspired boulangerie and chocolatier relocated from Tehran to Cambridge, and it shares its backstory through baked goods. La Saison’s daily selection of scones, for example, includes a savory Feta-Za’atar flavor, as well as a sweet Cardamom-Orange-Marzipan. While the new bakery is working on launching an online store through its website, the goods are currently available for in-person purchasing.

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