The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but to make it past the bouncer (the pancreas), you have to dress to the nines in baked bread. With today's Groupon, $10 gets you $20 worth of fresh-baked breads, cakes, and pastries at Karsh's Bakery. Karsh's has been oven-birthing kosher karbohydrates, including pareve (non-dairy) offerings, and selling kosher dairy products for the Phoenix area since the early 1960s.
Under the supervision of the Phoenix Vaad Hakashruth, Karsh bakes its decadently frosted cakes, pull-apart breads, and pretty pastries on-site. The full-line bakery features Old World ingredients in all its offerings. Try the raisin twist ($6) for a tasty morning starter, or the square challah ($4.50), which fries up nicely for french-toast breakfasts with Jeremy Piven. On the sweeter side, cheesecakes ($1.75–$33.60), brownies ($1.80–$3.95), éclairs ($3.95), and turnovers ($2.75) are like Febreeze for your stomach, quickly eliminating the leftover residue of a dull day's unpleasantries. New York expats can savor a taste of the motherland with Karsh's delicious black-and-white cookies ($3.25), along with bobkas ($11), hamentashen ($2.15–$2.35), rugalach ($12.90/lb), kuchens ($12.50), and other Yiddish yummies.
Stockpile for Passover, finish the fort you're constructing out of pies, or woo a crush with a croissant-themed picnic in the park with today's Groupon to Karsh's. And if you stop in on Mondays and Wednesdays, you'll receive six free bagels with the purchase of a dozen. Karsh's is open seven days a week.
Karsh's has been mentioned in the Phoenix New-Times. While a few bemoan the service and the un-boiled bagels, 75% of Urbanspooners like it. Yelpers give it three stars, and four Kudzu users give it four:
- This unpretentious, old-fashioned bakery has been around since the 1960s, and bagels share the spotlight with fresh breads, rows of pastries, and piles of cookies. While Karsh’s doesn’t boil its bagels before baking them, it does use kosher ingredients to create firm, golden bagels with more character than the ubiquitous chain varieties. – Phoenix New Times
- Their butter cream frosting is the best I have ever had. It does not taste like shortening or like a stick of butter. The frosting is very light and an excellent compliment to their moist cakes. At the party, everybody loved the cake and remarked about how beautiful and delicious it was. – nuts4flowers, Kudzu