An Embarassment of (Caloric) Riches
Minneapolis is becoming a phenomenal baking town. Everyone here is really into quality. Not to say that other cities aren’t, but people here have the patience to wait in line for quality and freshness. Plus, I think people like to stay true to their town’s historical roots. They are proud this was a milling city.
–John Krauss, Patisserie 46 owner; “Bakeries Spring Up in the Twin Cities“; The New York Times (5/6/2011)
In case you missed it (I did initially), The New York Times’ Travel section ran a piece on Twin Cities bakeries last Sunday.
I have no quarrel with any of the bakeries profiled in the article (even though I’d never heard of a couple).
However, I’m sure the “locals” (I qualify) would add a few more to the list.
Such as: Great Harvest Bread (also wins for best samples), Rustica, Turtle Bread, and The Franklin Street Bakery.
My favorite items?
The baseball mitt-sized(!) cinnamon rolls at Great Harvest Bread in Linden Hills; Rustica’s fruit-and-nut bread; and the raisin bran muffins at Breadsmith (egads! A chain!)
(Note to self: probably a good idea to have a shorter list of favorites.)