This is a new venture for me here on Cupcake Rehab. I’m usually not much of a “reviewer. ” Not when it comes to this kinda stuff anyway. I’ve been to tons of restaurants and bakeries but I always feel as though it isn’t up to me to review them. As if anyone cares what I think. I always saw reviews like that as kind of pretentious, you know? But Jay & my mother have both brought up the idea to me a few times before, and I’ve got to say… it started to grow on me. I just couldn’t think of a place to review, or make the time to seek out a place. So this is my first review ever, and it may very well be my last. Who knows? I’m not planning anything, I don’t plan. So we’ll see.
Right before Halloween last month, I went on a last-minute 3-day vacation to Mystic, Connecticut. Jay had basically totally spontaneously planned the trip on a Saturday afternoon and told me about it later that evening, saying we were leaving the next morning at 10 a.m. So we went, and while we were there we happened upon a quaint little bake shop called Bleu Squid (they’re just starting to build up the site, so don’t bother looking at anything but the menu). They call themselves a “bakery, cheese shop & grilled cheese cafe.” That’s all Jay had to read. They had him at “hello.”
So we went in and it was super cute inside. The woman behind the counter was very nice, and hospitable, and they make everything on premises. They have a wide variety of cheeses too- some local and artisanal cheeses as well. It was clean and well-kept, with one bistro set and a few chairs against the windows with a little shelf to eat on.
They sell bottled water and canned soda, and also sold some t-shirts (I totally got one!), candles and other little trinkets aside from the edible items (such as crackers, bread and muffin mixes, jellies and jams, apple butters, etc- the usual Mystic gift shop stuff). Jay decided to get something to eat, and I wasn’t very hungry but I noticed the cupcake selection and of course decided to have myself a little cake while he ate more appropriate lunch fare.
Jay chose the “Grown-Up” grilled cheese: a blend of sharp cheddar, Havarti, Fontina and Muenster cheese on sourdough bread (it also comes on white or whole wheat). He raved about it from start to finish, and I could just barely get a picture of it! He said it was amazing, and that the sourdough bread was perfect with it.
I picked the White Chocolate cupcake: vanilla cake with white chocolate buttercream and white chocolate chips on top. It was so good. The cake was moist and perfectly done, and the frosting was just the right texture, not too stiff and not too “wilty.” The cake itself wasn’t too sweet, it was a really nice vanilla flavor. It was a huge cupcake, too- it was the same size as a can of Coke. I wish I’d taken a photo of the two next to each other to compare! The frosting-to-cake ratio for me was perfect as well. I actually wanted to go back the next day and get another cupcake, but we ended up going to a Cider Mill to get cider donuts, and then to Mystic Pizza for lunch. So that didn’t happen. Which makes me sad, but there were more than a half dozen cider donuts that came home with me to help remedy the sadness.
I noticed there were regular cupcake flavors, and “adult” flavors, but sadly I didn’t remember (or write down) the entire list. I do remember there was vanilla and chocolate, as well as mint chocolate (chocolate cake with mint frosting and chocolate chips) and a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting. And my delicious little white chocolate cake up there. *le sigh* They also have mac-n-cheese, and a variety of other grilled cheese specialties. It’s a sweet little lunch spot, and I could see it was pretty popular, not just with the tourists/shoppers either; a lot of employees from the other stores were coming in as well.
I highly suggest that if you take a trip to the Mystic area, you visit Olde Mistick Village and stop in at the Bleu Squid. At the very least for a cupcake!
27 Coogan Boulevard
Olde Mistick Village, Building 12d
Mystic, CT 06355
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5