In Claremont, the mystery breakfast of champions

Some Crust Bakery in the Claremont Village has its own style, not only with the muffins and coffee but with the counter help and the customers.

I was there Tuesday morning and asked what muffins they had.

The matter-of-fact reply: “We have cranberry harvest, a mystery muffin no one can identify, and pumpkin.”

I went with cranberry harvest.

Seated at the counter, with a view onto Yale Avenue, I overheard a conversation a couple of stools away between two strangers. A man with a pile of paperwork in front of him asked the man next to him with the laptop what he does.

The laptop man, wearing a friendly expression and a broad-brimmed hat, explained that he’s a retired English professor who writes short stories.

“What are you in?” the writer asked.

“I’m in plastics,” the man said.

“Plastics?” the writer said, smiling. “That was the big joke in the ’60s after ‘The Graduate.’”

Nodding, the plastics man said sagely: “I know a lot of people who got into plastics because of it.”

At Some Crust, it’s always one only-in-Claremont moment after another.

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  • Jonnie Owens

    Some Crust’s pumpkin muffins are amazing! I’m not a big sweets eater, but when I want something really good…I splurge on a pumpkin muffin from Some Crust with my latte! Also, their oatmeal cookie is the best! My partner convinced me some years ago that eating an oatmeal cookie for breakfast was like eating a bowl of oatmeal. Don’t know if I believe that, but it sure tastes good.

    [I'll have to try a pumpkin muffin sometime. But how are the mystery muffins? -- DA]

  • Linda Frost

    Some Crust plays an important in my culinary expertise. Why bake if they can do as good or better job? When I entertain, they provide the dessert.

    I always took in a big box of pastries to the office staff at my school. They looked forward to those days. In fact, when I retired in June, they were sad to see me go but I think more worried about their fix of bear claws, Danish, and almond croissants. I assured them that I would come for visits and bring the usual box.

    By the way, try the pecan pie. They make it with a dash of bourbon.

    Some Crust is one of the institutions that give the Village that special flavor, no pun intended. If it ever closed Id suffer withdrawals through several sets of holidays and so would the office staff.

  • Susan

    Not to “dis” Some Crust in any way, but you really must try the baked goods at The Last Drop on Harvard next to the nail salon. It’s as extraordinary in its own way as Some Crust. There’s room in any week for a visit to both.

    [I have not been there but obviously will have to rectify that mistake. -- DA]

  • DebB

    Don’t know if you’ve seen it, but the current (Sept 09) issue of Sunset mag has a 2-page article (pg 21) about Claremont, suggesting many places to visit, including Some Crust. Among the other places mentioned: Motley Coffee House at Scripps College, the Folk Music Center, Walter’s, the Packing House, and a few of the various murals (at the post office, for example). The article calls Claremont an “artsy pocket of Los Angeles County.”

    [I haven't seen it so thanks for the heads-up. -- DA]

  • Ramona

    D-Bomb, how could you not try a mystery muffin? Have you no sense of adventure? How bad could it be? After all, they were baked by Some Crust.

    I feel that you, as a reporter, have a duty to check out those mysterious muffins and report back.

    Awaiting further developments. . .