By William Kristoph
Treva’s Pastries and Fine Foods (Tallahassee, FL) Review
When I review a new place, I try my best to have context when I look back to write the review. When I look at my Treva’s Pastries and Fine Foods experience, I have to keep in mind that I had just finished polishing off a huge meal and that flaky pastries aren’t always my thing. With that said, I really enjoyed Treva’s and found an unexpected favorite out of the items I tried. My wife and tried a bunch of sweets. Check it out.
Double Chocolate Cheesecake
I’m a fan of cheesecake in general, but Treva’s had me puzzled. It’s well executed, and each layer was interesting. I really missed some sort of crust though, since the bottom was a thick layer of brownie. Combined with a very cocoa flavored chocolate truffle top, it boxed out the cheesecake middle on my palate. I had a lot of trouble coming up with my feelings about it. I didn’t dislike it, but I probably wouldn’t get it again. I want the cheesecake to be the star of the show when I eat it and this was all chocolate.
Chocolate Strawberry Napoleon
My wife dove in to her Chocolate Strawberry Napoleon and said that she really enjoyed it. I tried a bite, although I’m not a huge fan of Napoleons. The layers were flaky and the chocolate strawberry flavor was a very nice blend. It seems like an excellent choice for fans of flaky pastries.
In hindsight, with so much chocolate to try over two days, I should have opted for a vanilla eclair. That’s not a knock on Treva’s Chocolate Eclair which was super creamy with a potent cocoa flavor that I really enjoyed. My wife thought her half was very good. That’s a high compliment from her since she’s not a fan of eclairs generally.
Sometimes some of the best things are the simplest. Treva’s Chocolate Croissant is simply a croissant with a vein of dark chocolate through it. It was wonderful and I had it cold. I can’t imagine how insanely good these are when they are fresh out of the oven. It was the last thing I tried for the night. My wife and I saved one thing for the next day.
Oh. My. Goodness. My wife loves pears. I can take them or leave them. So when she started raving about the Pear Frangipane I figured it was just because she loves pears. She offered a bite to me, which I declined. She kept pressing me, telling me that I really needed to try it, so I caved. I’m really, really, really happy that I caved in to her wish. Treva’s Pear Frangipane was the most unexpected pleasure out of the box of pastries we bought. The almond cake is dense and creamy and sweet. The pear adds a freshness and lightness to it that makes it a delightful way to end a meal or start the day. I stole an extra bite from my wife before she could protest too much!
Treva’s Pastries and Fine Foods is a really cool little shop off of Capital Circle. Their technique seems like it’s excellent and the flavor is very good. Patrons should get there early to have first crack at the pastries of their choice. I highly recommend the Pear Frangipane. It’s awesome. I rated Treva’s Pastries and Fine Foods “I like it” on Urbanspoon, and I’ll definitely be back to try more items.