Taking a bite of a Grandma’s Potato Donut ($1.50) at Bloom, I was instantly reminded of doughnuts I’d met before. The common grocery store version — so tempting, yet so disappointing. Next, the time my mom made doughnuts from scratch — sweet, warm, and unforgettable. The Bloom doughnut was like the latter: hearty with a thin shell of raw sugar.Breakfast is served all day at Bloom, which bills itself as an “independent art house and cafe.” The menu touts that all eggs are from cage-free hens and a local artisan bakes the bread in house. Omelets and scrambles ($8 to $11) come in versions with gruyere, feta and blue cheese, along with tried-and-true cheddar. There are buttermilk pancakes with real maple syrup or vanilla bean mascarpone ($8). A surprise is a breakfast salad with local, organic arugula, bacon, avocado, tomato, poached egg and truffle vinaigrette with wheat toast ($9).
Lunch is divided between “salads” and “not salads.” Under salads: Asian chicken capellini, red bell pepper, green onion and sesame seed ($9); or quinoa with cranberries, parsley and walnuts ($8). Besides simple grilled cheese ($7) and BLT ($9), sandwiches include muffaletta on a baguette with salami, prosciutto, pickled asparagus, onion, tomato, provolone and onion tapenade ($8).
Beverages are far from ordinary. There’s a pomegranate mimosa ($7) and a manmosa, the pomegranate mimosa in a “manly glass” ($8/$9). Besides hot chocolate, hot apple cider is served seasonally ($2).
Bloom is at 403 S. Main St., Moscow, (208) 882-4279.