Earlier this year, I whiffed on some critical breaking news, an oversight I'm blaming on the madness that is 2020. Kürtós, the Sarasota company that makes Hungarian "chimney cakes," opened a small shop in downtown Sarasota in January. The outpost is located in the tiny old Sift Bakehouse space at 1383 McAnsh Square, Sarasota.
Kürtós cakes have been a staple at local farmers' markets for years now. If you haven't had one before, they're hollow spirals of dough, kind of like an edible slinky, and can be made either sweet or savory. They taste great as a morning snack or an afternoon treat, but you can also turn them into a meal with one of the shop's excellent sandwiches. You can pop in and walk out, or order online and book a curbside pickup.
The Hungarian sandwich ($7.99) is a savory cake stuffed with Pick salami, mayonnaise, Swiss cheese, slices of hard-boiled egg, pickles and a smoky paprika spread. Incredible. The Italian sandwich costs the same, but is made with a black olive-studded chimney cake, prosciutto, mozzarella, tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette and herbs. Still good, but not as captivating as the Hungarian sando.
You can also find cone-shaped savory breads ($8.25) filled with chicken or shrimp salad or vegetables, or sweet cones bearing ice cream ($5-$7.75). Whatever you order, tack on an extra sweet cake for the day after. It's an easy, delicious upgrade to your tired coffee routine.
Kürtós is located at 1383 McAnsh Square, Sarasota, and is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. For more info, call (941) 203-8541 or visit the shop's website.