It seems a pastry craze has hit the Twin Cities. Master pastry chefs and bakers are creating exquisite treats all over town, and the momentum just keeps building. So we thought we’d lasso some of these office morale-builders in the form of a directory of a few of the best bakeries in town. We can’t guarantee that these baked goods will be good for to your diet, but they sure will taste good.
Recently featured in Bon Appétit magazine as one of America’s top 10 bread bakeries, it is helping put Minnesota bakers on the national map. The bakery has a vast selection of daily breads and pastries ranging from the standard croissant all the way to the kouign amann, a pastry from the Brittany region of France that means “butter cake.”
•• 3220 W. Lake St.
Salty Tart Bakery
Chef Michelle Gayer has a long history in Twin Cities baking, and with Salty Tart, she’s decided to go it alone. All the baked goods are made fresh daily and from scratch. The unique choices, including a mushroom and brie croissant, gives the bakery a new spin on some old standards. The cream-filled brioches fly off the shelves.
•• Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake St.
Turtle Bread Company
Head baker Solveig Tofte was selected by The Bread Bakers Guild of America to compete on team USA for the World Cup of Bread in 2008. That’s right; there’s a world cup for bread baking. Since the company opened its doors in 1996, they have expanded to three locations and have widely diversified their menu. In terms of selection, this place has it. Croissants, danishes, sticky buns, puff pastries, muffins and scones, all with a variety of flavor and ingredient choices, makes this bakery one of the most diverse in the Twin Cities.
•• 4762 Chicago Ave. S.
•• 3421 W. 44th St.
•• One Financial PlazaMinneapolis, 55402
Franklin Street Bakery
The bakery opened its doors in 1998, and just this past year expanded to a second location in Edina. It has a number of different breakfast pastry options and has pre-organized pastry platters designed to make ordering easy. Walk past the bakery any day and the delicious smell of freshly baked bread is bound to draw you in.
•• 1020 East Franklin Ave.
•• 3904 Sunnyside Rd
Your one-stop doughnut shop. This family-owned bakery has been around for 53 years, and specializes in doughnuts, the anti-diet treat to end all anti-diet treats. Cake doughnuts, raised doughnuts, old-fashioned doughnuts, long johns and doughnut holes can all be found at Roseville Bakery. Pre-order a doughnut platter for the morning and watch your coworkers light up.
•• 1147 Larpenteur Ave. W. Roseville, 55113
And Don’t Forget to Caffeinate
Baked breakfast goods aren’t as good if you don’t have your favorite warm wake-up to go along with them. Here are a couple of local roasters worth trying.
The ethically rooted Minnesota roaster has been available at local food outlets such as Lunds, Byerly’s, Kowalski’s and Whole Foods, as well, of course, at local coffee shops for a while now. However, they just opened their own shop in Minneapolis. Pre-order a 64 oz. coffee to go, and you might see an extra skip in everyone’s step around the office.
•• 3262 Minnehaha Ave. S.
Bull Run Roasting
Founded in 2001, this small-batch roaster located in Minneapolis has really begun to make its mark around town. Mocha java, a French roast and their house blend are some of their most popular right now. They will be releasing “Running of the Bulls,” which will likely see some demand itself. Mostly wholesale, they do take orders by phone or by e-mail (email@example.com) if you would like to grab some of their beans for the office.
•• 4290 Park Glen Rd.