In 1944, Reino Wuollet opened a small bakery where he prepared fresh bread each day. More than 65 years later, his humble shop has grown into six locations where 30 or so family members tinker over cakes, pastries, and pies. Wedding and other occasion cakes are one of their specialties; flavors such as chocolate mousse and Lady Baltimore can be coated with marzipan, buttercream frosting, or fondant in an impressive array of custom designs. Of course, they still bake breads: an international selection of loaves includes baguettes, challah, Swedish lympa, Irish soda bread, and buns shaped into busts of United Nations delegates.
Two beady eyes stare up at you from a cocoa-brown complexion. The same color shades the creature's body, from its horns all the way to its spiked, yellow-tipped tail. With anticipation tingling through your fingertips, you stab it?with a chopstick. The beast is actually Mango Factory's dragon roll, a specialty sushi roll also known as Capricorn Island.
It's just one of many specialty rolls named for and modeled after Zodiac signs, like most driver's licenses. For instance, the signature Taurus Treasure bears the horns of the Taurus around a "head" of yellowtail, tuna, and rice with shrimp tempura. In addition to the whimsical sushi, chefs also create kitchen entrees (think teriyaki and seafood soup) and Asian tea and desserts.
Great care is taken with each and every item on the menu at French Corner Bistro & Bakery. In the traditional European way, every dish is made from scratch, including the bread, which is baked fresh every morning. Even the coffee beans arrive at the cafe's doorstep just three days after being roasted in Saint Paul. Continental-style cane chairs ensconce diners as they choose from French-style plates such as croque monsieurs topped with bechamel. There are also savory crepes stuffed with chicken and garlic?the same breakfast fed to Napoleon when his aide-de-camp thought he was a vampire. Even sweet teeth attain satiation at this bistro after sinking into fresh pastries such as vanilla eclairs and berry tarts.
Even on a cold wintry day, the staff at FreeStyle Yogurt will always choose frozen yogurt for dessert or a snack. That's because their yogurt is made with live and active cultures and may help boost the immune system, unlike some other frozen yogurts made from a powdered mix. To add to the health benefits, FreeStyle's 14 flavors include no-sugar-added varieties and non-dairy sorbets. A self-service set-up lets customers pick and choose from 50 toppings such as fresh fruit, granola, and boba.
Neighborhood cafes should be warm, welcoming, and filled with good coffee. Muffin Top Cafe raises that bar and does one better, throwing baked goods made from scratch into the equation. The cafe, founded by the former manager of Minneapolis hotspots Annie's Parlour and Bobino Cafe, boasts a large interior primed for leisurely afternoons of coffee sipping, writing, and contemplating writing about coffee sipping. The menu offers up namesake muffin tops baked in house along with croissants, cookies, and brownies, which all pair deliciously with the cafe's Milan-style espresso and dark French roast.
Every morning, the bakers at Solomon's Bakery set their alarms to wake up before the rest of Uptown Minneapolis. As the sun slowly rises into the sky, they work diligently to create the loaves, pastries, and cakes that have made their bakery a popular stop on morning commutes since 2012.
Their secret—besides the dedication it takes to stare down a baguette until it cooks—lies in their organic ingredients, which find their way into everything from pumpernickel bread to fruit horns topped with Bavarian cream. Besides breads and pastries, Solomon's specializes in fresh, made-to-order juices.