Petite Sweet: Fare fit for summer lunch in the park

Summer is the ideal time to visit a bakery. You can grab something fresh and fabulous and take your bounty somewhere beautiful to eat. Petite Sweet, a new bakery on Colby Avenue in Everett, fills that need nicely.

I was pleased when Petite Sweet opened a few months back in the space formerly occupied by Pavé. It’s within walking distance of my workplace and it makes a nice break to walk up there and order a sandwich. So recently, I grabbed a couple of friends from the office and we headed up to give the food a try.

I order a turkey panini ($9, with a side dish) with a broccoli and bacon salad as my side. I’ve had this salad in the past and thoroughly enjoyed it. This time, though, the broccoli was disappointingly soggy. There was too much of the tangy sauce and it overwhelmed the flavor. Normally though, it’s a great salad. I expect this was just an off day.

My turkey panini was on fabulous focaccia bread. Paired with the salad, it was a generous meal. While the bread had a lot of flavor, the sandwich itself was bland. It would have benefitted from something with a kick of flavor, such as bacon or avocado. I will say, though, that the simplicity of the other ingredients let the bread shine. And the serving was generous. I saved half of the sandwich to eat later.

I also enjoyed a berry Danish, which was fabulous. It was just the right amount of sweet, with delightfully fresh blueberries. It was hard to choose from the bakery’s wide selection of cookies, cakes and other treats.

One of my friends ordered the BLT ($7.75) on gluten-free bread with a side of poppyseed cole slaw. The slices of gluten-free bread on the bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich were modest, about the size of two decks of cards. What the bread lacked in size it made up in flavor, packing rye undertones that went well with the crisp bacon, the fresh tomato and lettuce, and just the right amount of mayonnaise.

He said he liked how all the flavors of the BLT worked together. His side of poppyseed coleslaw hit the spot, although he would have preferred it had a little more tang. He finished the meal with a gorgeous snickerdoodle that walked the fine cookie line between just-right crisp and just-right chewy.

He found the size of the sandwich and the size of a the coleslaw a bit small for the cost.

My other dining companion ordered a veggie panini with a vegetable chowder.

She said Petite Sweet hit the right balance with the chowder: “Chowders are tricky. To some, chowder means creamy base yet thin consistency. Others only consider the concoction chowder if the liquid is so thick it’s no longer considered liquid. Petite Sweet’s vegetable chowder strikes the right consistency between thick and thin. They add just enough red pepper to keep it interesting but not overpoweringly spicy.”

She also enjoyed the veggie panini ($9), which consists of mushrooms, thinly sliced zucchini, peppers and sun-dried tomatoes grilled with provolone cheese on focaccia bread that’s slathered with pesto mayonnaise.

She declared the sandwich quite tasty, though a tad on the greasy side.

She agreed with me that the panini could be a filling meal without a cup of soup or side salad. Half of a panini and a cup of soup would be a perfectly proportioned lunch.

The bakery is rather small, and if you’re ordering something to go, there’s nowhere convenient to stand while you wait. People end up milling around awkwardly, especially if the tables are full.

In the future, I think I’ll order ahead. Also, deliveries are free in downtown Everett.

Petite Sweet’s food would make a great addition to a trip to the beach or a park. Just be sure to leave some room for dessert.

And don’t forget that they also serve breakfast. While I have not tried it yet, a look at the lovely breads and sweets suggests it would be worth a visit.

Petite Sweet

2613 Colby Ave., Everett; 425-258-1800;

Specialty: Baked goods.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Vegetarian options: Yes.

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