Food & Drink

Best thing I ate: Mocco Bistro’s special cookies

The crumbly, sugar-snowy version of kourabiedes at Mocca Bistro each has a whole almond tucked inside.
The crumbly, sugar-snowy version of kourabiedes at Mocca Bistro each has a whole almond tucked inside. Kathleen Purvis

What I ate: Kourabiedes at Mocco Bistro, 4004 South Blvd., $15 for 10 large ones, $1 each for smaller ones.

I love a secret, especially a place or a food with a surprise tucked inside. Mocco Bistro, the little Greek coffee shop and bakery, is easy to miss, tucked into a strip of shops next to an auto parts store on the busy section of South Boulevard near Scaleybark. Inside, the pastries cases are a revelation, with Chaido Lianou’s fancy tarts and chocolate creations, even pudding-like cups called baklava cheesecake.

The winner, though, is the simplest: Her version of the shortbread cookies kourabiedes (AKA qurabiya, polvoron, wedding cookies or sandies). Each one is covered in a Swiss alp of powdered sugar and has a secret – a whole almond tucked inside. Don’t wear a black shirt when you grab one of these beauties to enjoy with your coffee. (But if you do, it’s still totally worth it.)

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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