the best bread in minneapolis

February 25, 2011

There are some things I love to eat more than anything else; foods and dishes that get me pausing, closing my eyes, savouring. Good bread is one of them.

Nothing is finer to me than a great loaf of bread, sliced up and eaten with butter and cheese, or good olive oil. Throw in a bottle of wine and some of my favourite people and the picture is pretty much perfect.

When I first moved to the States, I have to say that I had a hard time with bread. I wish I knew what the elemental difference is but bread here tastes sweet and that’s something I had never experienced before and did not particularly enjoy. I got used to it, because palates and taste buds adapt but I still longed for the fully savoury, truly wheaty taste of European bread.

Luckily, having lived here and explored for a few years, I’ve found bread that I like. I’ve also happened upon some bread that I love so much it’s worth sharing with you here and that bread is from Rustica.

Rustica bakery makes some dang good bread. Their levain loaf is the best dunked in hot soups; their baguettes have just the right texture (crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside) that so many others lack; their multigrain tastes so perfect with rich butter and cheese. I could go on…

I’ve been buying those loaves on occasion from my my local co-op for a while but I’ve never actually been to the bakery itself until now. So, for the love of bread (and blogging), I popped over there this week during lunch to take some photos and buy some of their beautiful goods.

For a mid-week afternoon, Rustica was pretty bumping but their lovely staff were more than happy for me to take some pictures and nose around.

Best discoveries about Rustica?

Their chocolate croissants. They have the exact buttery-ness that you would hope for, are completely messy and flaky, and have the perfect little rectangles of chocolate wedged throughout them. All in the name of blogging…

My second favourite discovery was that they serve Dogwood coffee.

Dogwood happens to be some of my favourite coffee in the city. Hallelujah to good partnerships.

Are you passionate about bread? I’d love to hear about your favourite loaf or bakery – and hope I you’ll try some of Rustica’s bread/baked goods if you can!

For more on Rustica, check out the Perennial Plate and Daniel Klein’s video from Episode 43.

Rustica Bakery
3220 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55416
612.822.1119

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Natalie February 25, 2011 at 9:51 am

Thank you for posting about this! Rustica is my favorite bakery in the city, at least for bread and croissants (though I prefer the chocolate croissants at Bread & Chocolate in St Paul, since they are chocolatier. If you happen to go there, I also recommend the ham & cheese croissants…). I also love the danishes, even though they’re made with flaky pastry instead of Danish pastry, which someone, somewhere might call sacrilege. Mmmm. I’ve been meaning to go over there, again, for ages. Thinking I’ll make a trip this weekend!

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Angharad February 25, 2011 at 11:26 am

I’ve never been to Bread and Chocolate – thanks for the recommendation! I love discovering new bakeries. Another favourite is The Baker’s Wife but I rarely get there.

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Holly February 25, 2011 at 10:29 am

ahhhh i seriously have been wanting to go to rustica for forever. in fact, i have their card in my wallet right now, so that when i do go back to MN, i can finally go. and you bet your bottom dollar a chocolate croissant + coffee will be had. happy friday love!

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Angharad February 25, 2011 at 11:25 am

Even more than the croissant, I would recommend just buying a loaf of their bread. It’s out of this world. If you buy some and bring it to my house I will bring on the cheese, wine and olive oil… :)

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Jen @ She said. She said. February 25, 2011 at 10:39 am

I agree. They make fantastic bread. I don’t get there as much now because their new location is not as convenient.

Thank heavens they sell it at Seward!

Good bread is my favorite food group. :)

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Kelli February 25, 2011 at 10:41 am

Love it, love it. Yes, best bread in town. The pastries and coffee too. We are so fortunate to have such a quality bakery in town.

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Katie February 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I concur on Rustica’s Bread. Next time you are there you must try the Bostock (almond pastry). It is the most unbelievable pastry I’ve ever eaten!

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Jessica @ How Sweet February 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I now have a wild craving for bread!

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Faith February 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm

My favorite is the Fruit and Nut bread- lightly toasted, some butter, there goes the whole little loaf…who ate that?

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erin March 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Hands down, the best bread in the cities. And have you tried the bittersweet chocolate cookie? To. Die. For.

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Angharad March 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Oh Erin, I have waxed lyrical about it many a time on Twitter! They sell them at Dogwood Coffee in Uptown – they’re a wonder, aren’t they?!

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