Upon first hearing about Sugar-Coated Radical recently, I wondered how baked goods and chocolate could be readily available in my hood without me knowing about it for so long. Yes, somehow I missed all the buzz about this quirky little sweet shop - a travesty that simply had to be righted at the first opportunity. That chance came when I miraculously woke up early on a recent weekend and realized it was actually early enough to drag my lazy butt out of my house for morning pastries.
If you, like me, have been oblivious to all this yummy goodness, you might be wondering what exactly is a Sugar-Coated Radical? Well, according to their website, they are, "a community supported chocolate/confection shop/pop-up bakery." Lead radical, Taria Carmerino, is widely regarded as one of the city's best pastry chefs and has the resume to prove it (Top Flr, Holeman & Finch, Restaurant Eugene and Highland Bakery - not too shabby!)
On Sundays Sugar-Coated Radical serves up not only chocolates but also an array of divine baked goods that would make a Parisian cry. When I arrived, I found the somewhat industrial-feeling stretch of Drewry still quiet - for the first 10 minutes at least. By the time I left the tiny shop there was a line out the door.
It's the kind of spread you simply want to stare at for a while. They look and smell so delicious that you derive a substantial amount of pleasure before you even make your selection. I opted for a ridiculously decadent pastry that included sour cherry jam and what turned out to be an entire hunk of brie in encased in pastry and another brioche of sorts that I could have sworn was going to include chocolate but in fact did not. Despite that bit of confusion, I was very pleased with my lovely baked goods and only wish I could have tried more. The pastries were flaky, buttery, delicate, and more interesting than the typical bakery standards.
As it was Easter, I also bought a chocolate bark with little flecks of popcorn as a surprise for my honey, and since he was kind enough to share, I can vouch that it, too, was scrumptious. The chocolates on display boasted unique flavors, like masaman curry toasted coconut and Mexican chipotle chocolate. I definitely have a date with the SGR folks again soon so I can try those, too!
I almost hate to tell anyone else about it, lest the line get too out of control, but I've gotta show some love for a talented, passionate crew like this! So be sure to check out Sugar-Coated Radical (preferably get right behind me in line!)
680 Drewry Street
Atlanta, GA 30306
Thurs. & Fri. by appt
Sun. 9am-5pm (BAKERY SUNDAY)