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Whistle Stop

20 Portland AVe., Ridgefield, CT - (203) 544-8139
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/23/2015 7:39:00 AM
Whistle Stop’s sticky buns are really sticky. It’s probably a good idea to eat them with a knife and fork, seated at a table … but few people do. Located inside the Branchville, Connecticut, train station where many commuters hop Metro North on their way to the city, Whistle Stop caters to people with little time to sit and eat. We aren’t commuters, but even when we buy a dozen of the swirly buns to take home, it is not likely more than ten will arrive at the kitchen table. They’re too much fun to eat while still warm; and frankly, licking the caramel goo off one’s fingers is part of the pleasure.

When Whistle Stop originally opened, muffins were just about the only thing on the menu; and there are still about a dozen fine varieties baked every morning, notable for immense tops that completely cover the pans in which they are baked. The ones we like include a crumbly corn muffin, cake-sweet blueberry, raisin-dotted bran, gingerbread, sour cream almond, apple cinnamon, and seriously candy-packed chocolate chip. Also available are rich-textured scones and even bagels.

Since she opened her muffin hut in the old wood-walled train station almost two decades ago, Lolly Turner has created a pleasant little dining area in what used to be the station’s waiting room. Here, those in no hurry read the paper, sip coffee and eat their pastry of choice at leisure. This adorable breakfast nook is a friendly place to stop for a morning coffee and a bite, whether you are traveling by train, car, or bicycle.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Sticky Bun
Raspberry Scone
Apple Cinnamon Muffin
Bran Muffin
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A raisin-bran muffin and an apple muffin ... with tops ready to break away
"A raisin-bran muffin and an apple muffin ... with tops ready to break away"
Michael Stern





Chocolate biscotti dotted with sweet/tart dried cranberries. These are wonderful with coffee! In the background are a couple of chocolate cupcakes with Halloween-theme spider-web designs on the frosting.
"Chocolate biscotti dotted with sweet/tart dried cranberries. These are wonderful with coffee! In the background are a couple of chocolate cupcakes with Halloween-theme spider-web designs on the frosting."
Michael Stern


Creamy scone is superb with coffee. The great glob of raspberry jam in the center makes this a very filling breakfast pastry.
"Creamy scone is superb with coffee. The great glob of raspberry jam in the center makes this a very filling breakfast pastry."
Michael Stern


The muffins are good enough that the stump is nearly as good to eat as the top.
"The muffins are good enough that the stump is nearly as good to eat as the top."
Michael Stern


Sticky buns: not dunkable, but coffee's boon companion.
"Sticky buns: not dunkable, but coffee's boon companion."
Michael Stern


Muffins to make New England proud, with great, broad, crunchy tops.
"Muffins to make New England proud, with great, broad, crunchy tops."
Michael Stern


A sign on the wall says 'Treat yourself to a healthy breakfast cookie. It sure beats a Pop Tart on the run.' That is very true. These chewy, oaty cookies are substantial and healthy-tasting, not very sweet. More like cereal. They don't have the visual appeal of a muffin, nor the sweetness.
"A sign on the wall says 'Treat yourself to a healthy breakfast cookie. It sure beats a Pop Tart on the run.' That is very true. These chewy, oaty cookies are substantial and healthy-tasting, not very sweet. More like cereal. They don't have the visual appeal of a muffin, nor the sweetness."
Michael Stern


Lolly's opens early in the morning so commuters can get their muffin fix.
"Lolly's opens early in the morning so commuters can get their muffin fix."
Michael Stern


The raisin-bran muffin stump, on my desk after an heroic devouring of its top. One more cup of coffee, and this was gone, too.
"The raisin-bran muffin stump, on my desk after an heroic devouring of its top. One more cup of coffee, and this was gone, too."
Michael Stern



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