There’s sweet, and then there’s So Sweet, Toledo’s new family-owned French and Lebanese bakery with a long counter full of homemade treats. Joe Younes, the shop’s self-proclaimed “taste tester,” explains that his mother Amal follows old family recipes preparing the Arabic pastries, using only the freshest pistachios, dates, filo dough, fruit, and ricotta cheese in preparing the eight kinds of baklava and nearly two dozen bitesize goodies. An on-site baker-chocolatier creates petit fours, French macaroons (meringue cookies with ganache filling) in six flavors, and different extravagant French cakes every day. Smart customers will give in to temptation and try these bits of heaven (some of them sugar-free) in the store with Turkish or regular coffee, while they consider using the catering service for an upcoming wedding or special family dinner. Coming soon: homemade ice cream cakes (with homemade ice cream!)
So Sweet is open 7am-10pm at 4038 Talmadge Rd. 419 474-5445. www.sosweetpastries.com.