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Best Matcha-Flavored Treats

While not the flashiest item on the menu at MainStrasse’s Chako Bakery Cafe, the matcha roll cake is an understated work of art — perfectly formed, pillow-soft and filled with a sweet bean center. Chef Hisako Okawa (aka “Chako”) set up shop in Covington after studying at Le Cordon Bleu and Il Pleut Sur La Seine, crafting lunches and desserts that are almost too picturesque to eat. Besides the roll cake, matcha lovers can also indulge in cookies, muffins or even a whole cake if you call ahead.