Minding Your Business --Whisk

June 13, 2024
Heather Woodward and Brittany Woodward Heather Woodward and Brittany Woodward


Full Service Breakfast, Lunch and Bakery with espresso, beer and wine

210 Main St.

East Orleans



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Open Wednesday – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“What’s that aroma?” you’ll think as you approach Whisk in East Orleans. Yes, it’s the unmistakable scent of freshly baked bread.

“That’s my oatmeal bread just out of the oven,” says Heather Woodward with a smile. “I bake 90 percent of the baked goods you see at Whisk.”

Your nose may have brought you in but it’s your eyes that delight in the adorable interior. You’re impressed even before you’ve ordered the root vegetable hash and eggs (a mixture of sweet potatoes, red potatoes, Brussel sprouts, parsnips, turnips, onions, apple, pear, and apricot roasted with garlic and olive oil) or the buttermilk pancakes and the Three Fins coffee or espresso; the cozy arrangement of the bistro-like tables, the small gas-fired wood stove, the family-size table to the left and the coffee lounge with upholstered chairs and sofas straight ahead in the room that opens to a patio. It’s inviting and makes you feel welcome. Many of their customers order their breakfast or lunch through the easy online system that Brittany Woodward, the other half of this dynamic duo, has perfected and may never experience this room, because they’ve set up cubbies opposite the entrance where you can pick up your order in a flash on your way to wherever. Whisk is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Nauset Beach.

The mother-and-daughter team Heather and Brittany Woodward have worked together for years. They worked together at Hole-in-One where Heather was the manager for a long time and bought and ran Zia’s Pizza for a few years before opening Whisk in that location. “Whisk has been here for six years now,” said Heather. They were closed for a brief time for repairs when the pipes froze last winter.

“We thought long and hard about the name,” said Brittany. “A whisk is a perfect symbol of all we do here. Almost everything we do involves a whisk one way or another — eggs for breakfast, our sauces, and aiolis for lunch, the cupcakes, brownies, the bread. Basically, our name sums up our shop and the spunky, fun vibe we are aiming for.”

“Brittany fine-tuned the online ordering before the pandemic,” said Heather proudly. “Ordering online is a cakewalk, thanks to her.” In season they even offer a box lunch which includes a sandwich, chips, drink and a piece of fruit.

“We have a regular menu and a ton of specials every day,” said Brittany. In addition to a hearty breakfast menu of the classics (one egg, two eggs or omelets), eggs Benedict, pancakes, French toast and breakfast bowls, they offer a daily quiche, pancake flavor, bagels and porridge. Lunch is paninis, cold cuts and chicken or tuna salad sandwiches, clubs, BLTs and subs plus salads, homemade soup and specials. “We are big advocates for the working guy and what they’d like for lunch,” said Heather.

“We also serve beer and wine (six taps, wines by the glass or bottle) and all kinds of coffee drinks,” said Brittany. They know where their food comes from, too. The two delighted in telling me about their visit to Vermont Farmstead, the farm where they get their cheese.

“We milked the cows and made cheese!” Wait, there’s more! They also do private events in Whisk: bridal shows, engagement parties, post-wedding send offs, etc. Look for the sign and stop in today! You won’t be sorry!