At Crack’d its all about doing the right thing
From the second I walked into Crack’d Kitchen & Coffee in Andover, Massachusetts I knew it was going to be a good time. I had been there once previously and had reached out to one of the owners Danny Azzarello to see if I could come back to write a piece on them because I was so impressed. When he got back to me and said yes I was so excited to learn more about them and eat some more of their great food; and let me tell you it is more than great-it is just plain freshness, flavor and care into the food they create that makes Crack’d the place to go in the area for your yummy food cravings.
What makes breakfast great? (Please bear in mind they are also open for lunch and dinner during the week!) Besides great service and friendly people, it is the quality of what they are giving you. Crack’d Kitchen has a variety of resources they pull from to make sure they are providing the most delicious, sustainable food while also supporting local – something the Maven loves. 🙂
So where do all their products come from like eggs (super important!), bacon, cheese, and bread? Well, Danny let us in on all the secrets! Their cage-free eggs come from Maine Family Farms– this is a network of family farms mostly in northern Maine that produces some great tasting eggs( I concur). Their bacon comes from North Country Smokehouse in Claremont, NH – actual applewood smoked bacon – smoked with real applewood. They also use a local bread company in Cambridge called Iggy’s Bread and Cabot Cheese for their cheddar. Besides the heavy focus on the food and where it comes from they focus heavily on coffee, getting their beans from Hometown Coffee Roasters in Bedford, NH. They pay attention to the details- this is due largely to the owners having an incredible philosophy in running their restaurant.
The sounds of crack’n an egg, bread being griddled, butter hitting a pan, those are all aspects of of Crack’d that makes us who we are – Danny Azzarello
So how did Crack’d come into existence? Well, both Danny and his restaurant partner had been in the restaurant business for years and always had a dream of creating their own space, somewhere they could bring in what they believed to be true about food. They wanted a place where people felt comfortable, could eat great food and become a go-to spot for all their food needs – a place where “CKC” would become their habit. They took time and energy making sure everything was right and more than just finding sustainable eggs, bacon, cheese and bread they also wanted to provide some great tasting coffee. Their in house “Guru of Beverage” Zach better known as Zip makes sure that flavors are on point and never misses a beat. I tried the lattes, the cold brew, and the nitro brew ( these two they have on tap) and it was all so delicious. One thing to take note of is they use a cool machine called the Cyclops- not many in circulation in the country and it really brings a different form of brewing the coffee and the finished product is rich, smooth and plain delicious.
Something that really stood out to me was the fact that they encourage team members to do all the things that make them feel comfortable so very often you will here them prepping while singing, laughing, even bickering- real humans doing work, happy, and just real. My whole experience at Crack’d Kitchen and Coffee was just that – REAL. So before I go off on a tangent about how much I love them and am now a part of the team ( I have a Crack’d pin therefore I am part of the team 🙂 ) I will go ahead and share some amazing food photos and tell you what everything is so you can order some amazing goodies when you go.
Also a huge shout out to Armani and Silvia fellow food bloggers who came with me and shared in all this amazing food and atmosphere with me. Along with the restaurant’s info below, their information will also be included. Not only do I believe in supporting local small businesses but I believe in supporting each other, and using this network we have created to lift each other up.
Here are all the tasty food photos and I look forward to hearing about your visits and what you end up getting! Special tip… try the Porker and Deano the Butcher at least once in your life- that maple mustard on the Porker and BAM sauce on Deano gave me LIFE.
I mean this rooster is everything- plus they have coin hole games at the tables
These light fixtures were my fave
Deano the Butcher | Steak Burger, Cage-Free Egg, Cheddar, Tomato, Iceberg, BAM Sauce, Brioche
Porker | Cage-Free Egg, House-Made Sausage, Maple Mustard, Caramelized Onion, Brioche
Have you ever had a Cereal Milk or S’mores Latte? Yeah go get one
I couldn’t get enough of these sandwiches…and that brioche!
Latte art on point
Superfood Bowl | Quinoa Rice Blend, Kale, Spinach, Grape Tomatoes, Toasted Cauliflower, Sweet Potato, Toasted Almonds, Avocado, Pomegranate Vinaigrette
S’Mores Liquid Dessert | Frozen Yogurt, Chocolate Milk, Marshmallow, Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Bella’s Chicken | Grilled Chicken, Arugula, Tomato, Mozzarella, Pesto Aioli, Balsamic Glaze, Baguette
I couldn’t get enough of the maple mustard on this baby…
The beauty of this yolk drip was everything
The inside of Deano the Butcher was goals
They also have cool delicious beverages… Ginger Spice, S’Mores Liquid Dessert, Latte, Morning Routine & Passionfruit Lemonade
Their nitro and cold brew is straight fire plus they have delicious seltzer on tap
Danny Azzarello one of the co-owners
I want to say thank you for Crack’d for allowing me and fellow foodies to come in and experience everything they have to offer. They are a must try and they get a huge recommendation from the Maven!
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Please also check out @forkingwitharmani and @foodieeastcoast two amazing IG food bloggers.
Here’s to cracking eggs and getting things done…
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