Tech Square Tries: Sweet Hut
Let’s get this party started
I’m standing in the Centergy Lobby Lounge prepared to go to Sweet Hut Bakery & Cafe. This small local chain has three locations (currently), and one of them is located nearby on Peachtree Street. A quick check of Google Maps says that it’s only 0.4 miles away by foot, and should take 11 minutes. It’s a beautiful morning, so I decided to walk there.
It was very easy to find Sweet Hut. The signage is a prominent shade of mauve and very inviting.
After crossing the street, I stepped inside and saw three rows of pastries, baked goods, and other assorted treats. All of these were laid out in little acrylic viewing shelves with individual tags providing the item’s name, description, and price.
Sugar and spice and everything nice
The first thing I approached was a shelf filled with trays and tongs along with a “How does it work?” graphic. For this section, you just place a sheet of wax paper on your tray, grab some clean tongs, and snag what you think looks tasty.
Everything here is sorted into two categories: savory and sweet. I decided to grab one of each. For my savory option, I saw a beautiful display filled with meat buns. After careful deliberation, I chose the Chicken Curry meat bun over the BBQ Pork Bun (both were just $2.25). I noticed how it was softer than I first anticipated. There were a lot of traditional pastries (the blueberry cream cheese danish tempted me), but the third display contained donuts in its entirety. I decided to get a maple bacon donut (the most expensive option at $2.95).
Service with a smile
After making my selections, I approached the counter. The items I chose were added to my bill without hesitation, so it’s obvious that they know their own menu. At this point, Sweet Hut went from self-service to counter service. They had a bunch of desserts in a traditional bakery setting behind a glass pane. This included an entire mango mousse cake that was expertly decorated for just above $20, along with smaller portions that only cost $4 and could reasonably be eaten in one sitting.
The staff member ringing me up was friendly and asked if I wanted a drink with my food. At Sweet Hut they serve milk tea (or bubble tea), an Asian twist on iced lattes where tea is used instead of coffee. According to my cashier, “The Sweet Hut and the Thai milk tea are the most popular, but I personally like the chocolate or the taro one.” I choose the large Sweet Hut Milk Tea, which was about the size of a Venti Starbucks drink and only cost $4.50.
Warm buns are the best buns
I have a confession to make: I’ve never had a maple bacon donut before. I’m sorry. But now I can report that it’s very tasty and worth the hype. Near the forks and napkins, they had a microwave with instructions that read “Please heat the buns for 15 seconds;” advice that I made sure to follow. This was the perfect amount of time to heat the bun. The filling was comfortably warm and very aromatic while the bread part of the bun got slightly puffier. As soon as I took the meat bun out of the microwave, my drink was ready. I made sure to order the boba (tapioca pearls). I’m not the biggest fan of hot tea on its own, but the milk tea had the perfect balance of a distinct tea flavor and sweetness. The boba was chewy and helped add to the experience -- just make sure you don't inhale one while drinking.
Sweet Hut has wifi for their customers, and several people were on their laptops working. Even though I walked, I noticed they offered parking validation for up to two hours. I could certainly see this as a tastier alternative to a coffee shop work spot, and it's the ideal spot for an afternoon treat in the neighborhood.