Pot brownie sparks interest
While you won't get anything except a sugar high from Bin Wine Bar's terra cotta-wrapped dessert, its novelty doesn't show signs of fading anytime soon. "In the last two weeks, I've probably sold a couple hundred of them," says general manager Bryan Hudson. "It's definitely our most popular item on the menu."
The treat is the handiwork of owner Rebecca Illingworth and chef Stephanie Kochlin. Looking for something kitschy to get people talking, the team's eyes fell to a pile of garden pots in the room. Filled with a mud-like fudgy cake, topped with cookies crumbled to look like dirt, and garnished with fresh mint or edible pansies, it's a fun take on what might otherwise be a pedestrian addition to a dessert menu. Playing on the garden theme, proceeds from each pot brownie sale go to the Friends of Mears Park, with whom Illingworth is involved.
While the taste and novelty factors are high, so to speak, you might be disappointed with the size, especially given the $6 price tag. The good news is that Bin's wine list is so accessibly priced, with "tastes" (around two ounces of wine) at $2 to $4 each, that you'd be hard-pressed to break the bank.
Order the pot brownie with a flight, including Zen of Zin "Old Vine" Zinfandel, Don Miguel Gascon Malbec, and the Quickfire Cabernet Sauvignon. The cocoa notes in each will bring out the flavor of the brownie.