Posts Tagged ‘Queen City Bakery’

Had a nice little Saturday with the fam. No Bed, Bath & Beyond – we didn’t have time, but we did get to three solid Sioux Falls summer events. Two of them were downtown, the other just up the road.

We lunched at a bustling, corner coffee shop. I ordered a gourmet hot dog – the San Franciscan – replete with avocado, sprouts and cucumbers. It was flippin’ fantastic – flavorful, for sure, but also a delightful combination of hot and cold. Perfect on another 95-degree day. (For the record, not a complaint – I dig the heat.)

About halfway through the dog it hit me: I love downtown Sioux Falls. Love. It. I was genuinely happy in that moment, spending time with my family, enjoying good eats in a quaint spot in a safe place in a sweltering July. And there were other people there – a lot of them, at least by Dakota standards. That made me proud, weirdly and legitimately proud. (more…)

In my unending attempt to act like a real adult, whatever that means in the Self-Entitled Era, I’ve taken up drinking coffee. Sometimes. Sort of.

See, I’m hopelessly addicted to caffeine, and not for reasons related to taste or fun. Rather, I’m a slave to the 24-hour news cycle, a father of roughly 3-5 kids and a narcoleptic. Without caffeine, I’d be a zombie, except without the strength to eat faces. (more…)

Are you hungry? You will be after listening to this week’s podcast.

TV has been borderline obsessed with Queen City Bakery, a unique shop in downtown Sioux Falls, since his first visit this summer. Scones, quiche, brioche, cake – it’s all made fresh, from top-shelf ingredients (many of them either locally grown or ordered from far-away lands) and served up in a great building with a unique first-name-basis culture.

Co-owner Mitch Jackson sat down (between customers) with TV to talk about the story behind the restaurant, the decision not to advertise and the future of unique businesses in medium-sized markets.

We also talk food, of course. Jackson’s wife, Kristine Moberg, has a background as a celebrity baker in New York and has gotten love from the likes of Oprah and Martha Stewart (pre-jail). Going to Queen City Bakery is like going on a food vacation without leaving Sioux Falls.

Here’s the link.

Queen is king

Posted: August 4, 2011 by terryvandrovec in Uncategorized
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Twitter. That’s what led me to Queen City Bakery on the east side of downtown Sioux Falls. I’d seen just enough Tweets from friends, people I consider foodies to be compelled to check it out.

I wound up going two days in a row and sampled the following: a blueberry scone, brioche, a monster cookie, a gigantic croissant, a peanut butter square, a triple chocolate brownie, quiche and cheesecake plus a white mocha, hot chocolate, farm fresh milk and an iced coffee/espresso thing the affable owner calls “the best drink ever.”

He was right. Not only did it taste delicious, but I was jacked up for hours. It was like Red Bull and Monster had a baby in my blood system. (That sounds gross; it’s not.)

Full disclosure: I’m not a food expert in the technical sense nor am I a part of high society so I’m not going to wow you with knowledge or prose. But I love to eat (no matter what my frame says) and have traveled enough on other peoples’ dimes to have developed a respectable palette. (In other words, expect informal and unrequested restaurant recs from time to time.) And I can safely say Queen City Bakery is superb.

Without going into too much detail, the croissant was crusty on the outside and fluffy on the inside, almost like a popover. No layers to be found here. The brioche looked something like a shrunken sweet roll without the frosting and had a creaminess that seems impossible without a pocket of filling. The hot chocolate was decadent yet wasn’t heavy in the least, like it had been injected with steam.

As if the food wasn’t enough, the place has a great back story, too. The owners are from South Dakota, but met in France. They moved here from New York roughly two years ago to open their own restaurant. The food is prepared fresh and the menu changes daily. They’re closed Tuesdays just because. They do not advertise aside from a simple Web site and some free social media. They have a great deconstructed, lofty sort of space and friendly dispositions.

Pretty sure it’s the best bakery I’ve ever visited. And it’s right here in Sioux Falls. I’d have driven past it if not for the GPS on my phone – it’s on the backside of a bar and just across from a makeshift church that seems to attract folks in dire straits. (A neon sign on the parking lot reads, “Jesus saves sinners.”)

The point is twofold: Check out Queen City Bakery sometime and keep your eyes peeled for local treasure, especially the baked kind.