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.
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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 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.
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.
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.