From sticky-sweet cinnamon rolls to freshly baked bagels, there’s no better way to become an office hero than a box of baked goods: for a birthday, a Monday meeting, an end-of-the-week celebration, a “just because.” Whether savory or sweet, these are seven places across the Twin Cities that’ll make a special occasion out of any weekday.Read More
Be An Office Hero By Bringing These Breakfast Treats
Morning meetings are better with croissants, bagels and cinnamon twists
1. Augustine's Bar & Bakery
Sprawled across the corner of 16th and Selby in St. Paul, Augustine’s is known for the pecan caramel rolls they serve by the trayful on weekends. However, their croissants make for an excellent weekday breakfast, with the same flaky, buttery dough used across all four variations they offer: plain, chocolate, ham and cheese, and a particularly lovely almond rendition.
2. Isles Bun & Coffee
Every mornings —weekday or weekend—the line is always out the door at this Uptown bakery and cafe. While their bakery case houses everything from crisp, sugar-studded scones to impossibly chewy coconut macaroons, the biggest draw at Isles are the “puppy-dog tails”: cinnamon-sugar braided into stretchy, vanilla-scented brioche and drenched in cream cheese frosting. All orders come with a coffee cup filled to the brim with extra frosting.
3. Brake Bread
With a name taken from its origins as a bike delivery bakery, Brake Bread’s brick-and-mortar shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, serving a regular selection of naturally-leavened breads, as well as a constantly rotating selection of pastries. To cheer up any workday, pick up a box of their “Spinners”-- braided pastries with crisp, golden exteriors, with both sweet (orange-cardamom, cinnamon, a seasonal babka) and savory (spinach and feta, olives and pesto, jalapeno) options.
4. Granny Donuts
At 89 to 95 cents per doughnut, the prices at Granny Donuts can’t be beat: and neither can the doughnuts. Serving old-school classics, glazed, chocolate-frosted with sprinkles, cream-filled Bismarcks, long-johns, with a homemade flair, it’s the perfect everyday breakfast celebration. The can’t-miss sleeper hit is the blueberry cake doughnut: a feather-light crumb fragrant with vanilla and nutmeg, coated in a thin, tart-sweet lemon glaze.
5. Classic Cookie Co.
Located in the downtown Minneapolis Skyway, this cash-only, counter-service bakery slings hundreds of cookies a day, in flavors ranging from the classic (sugar, chocolate chip, snickerdoodle) to the adventurous (raspberry white chocolate, oatmeal-coconut). For a breakfast meeting, pick up a few muffins from the rotating selection every morning: raspberry-oatmeal, blueberry, orange poppyseed, chocolate chunk, pear-ginger, cinammon streusel, and more.
With craggy, sugar-crusted tops and crisp, burnished edges, the scones at Rustica always hit the perfect balance of buttery layers and hefty mix-ins. The excellent, classic English currant is always available, but the daily specials are the way to go: particularly Tuesday’s chocolate ginger, a dark chocolate dough studded with sparkling bits of candied ginger and Friday’s lemon poppyseed.
7. Rise Bagel Co.
Housed in a building that used to be a candy factory, Rise Bagels churns out dozens of Montreal-style bagels a day, Malty, with a dense and chewy crumb, and a crackling crust, the everything and salt bagels are particularly exemplary. Get a baker’s dozen and a couple schmears from their rotating selection: lemon dill, honey walnut, scallion, garlic, plain--even buttercream frosting, for those with an unconquerable sweet tooth.