Bread is strong enough to fortify flimsy food pyramids, yet gentle enough to hug lonely condiments in a warm embrace. Cultivate a culinary cornerstone with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of café cuisine, desserts, breads, and more at Gourmandise The Bakery.
City Weekly’s Best of Utah 2010 winner for Best Bakery, Gourmandise sates hungers with a panoply of scratch-made baked goods, breakfast dishes, and lunch and dinner options. Mouthwatering french toast comforts palates with fresh apple-cinnamon bread that, like all the most impressive private jets, is baked in vanilla custard ($4.95). Gourmet grilled cheese serves up feta, provolone, and parmesan cream cheese with caramelized onions and tomatoes on ciabatta bread ($7.95 for a full).
For lunch, chew through two slices of grilled ciabatta bread that house smoked ham, brie, sun-dried tomatoes, bartlett pears, and baby spinach in the brie bartlett panini (half $6.45, full $8.95). Glassed-in pastry displays protect patrons from dozens of ravenous fresh-made tarts, cakes, cookies and European-inspired creations under cream-colored walls and free WiFi signals in their casual, classy café that transforms weekly into the bringer of more than 50 hot meals for refugee children at the Utah Dream Center during the school year.
Gourmandise The Bakery
At age 13, Jean-Jacques Grossi discovered his passion for baking. He traveled through France, apprenticing and working at renowned bakeries and restaurants, before making his home in Salt Lake City, where he spent the next 20 years delighting residents with breads, pastries, and café-style dishes. Now the executive chef of Gourmandise, Jean-Jacques serves seasonal sandwiches, expertly crafted pastries, and hearty breakfasts, all made from scratch. A covered patio welcomes diners to feast alfresco in the warmer months, and an open WiFi network encourages guests to immediately blog about the menu's font.