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Best Scones in the Twin Cities Metro

My co-workers and I are doing our own little Scone Review in search of the best scones in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. So far we've tried YUM!, Turtle Bread Co., and Bread & Chocolate/Cafe Latte. Each scone is rated on Taste, Texture, Appearance, Likely to Recommend, and Overall Value/Experience. Right now, the maple/pecan scone at YUM! is at the top, but we'd love to know if anyone else has recommendations to add to our bakery list. Thanks!

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Turtle Bread Co
120 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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    1. re: salvage7

      I also like the scones at Rustica. Colossal Cafe is worth a shot as well.

      You probably won't get down that way, but Valley Natural Foods in Burnsville has excellent scones.

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      Colossal Cafe
      1839 E 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

      Valley Natural Foods
      13750 County Road 11, Burnsville, MN 55337

      1. There is a small coffee shop in the sky way in the International Center (I believe) that makes amazing scones. Not a bakery, just a tiny coffee shop with a tiny little oven. Very delicious. Hopefully someone on here knows the name of the place.

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        Little Oven
        1786 Minnehaha Ave E, Saint Paul, MN 55119

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        1. re: churchka

          Hmmm... you don't mean The Little Oven on Minnehaha in St. Paul do you churchka? I think you mean a place with a small kitchen appliance but the software seems to think you're referring to the red-sauce Eye-talian joint on the East side.

          ~TDQ

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          Little Oven
          1786 Minnehaha Ave E, Saint Paul, MN 55119

          1. re: churchka

            Cafe Patteen?

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            Cafe Patteen
            920 2nd Ave S # 295, Minneapolis, MN

            1. re: mn_praline

              Yes, I bet it's Cafe Patteen----their pastries are homemade but maybe not right there, good stuff. In the skyway. Last I checked MInnehaha didn't have a skyway yet...:)

              1. re: mn_praline

                Yes, Cafe Patteen. I thought they had a little oven like thing there. Maybe just for warming? Maybe I'm remembering incorrectly.

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                Cafe Patteen
                920 2nd Ave S # 295, Minneapolis, MN

                1. re: churchka

                  Actually churchka, I was relying on a memory from several years ago, but I just found a review online from 2005 that said they make their own pastries on site, so I think there must indeed be a small oven....

                  1. re: faith

                    CHs - everyone is right. It is called Cafe Patteen - and she's on the skyway level in what is now "Oracle Center". I work in that building -and besides her awesome coffees (she gets varietals like Highland Grogg that others don't often get - all fair trade)...her SCONES and baked goods are the best around hands down. She's only open during the week---but trust me, they're worth it. I could be wrong - I think her scones are $2? They're hand made EVERY morning - and she usually has 4-5 varietals including cinnamon chip, chocolate chip, raspberry white chocolate and some others. You will NOT be disappointed. However, like many other places with baked goods - the later they sit -the drier they become so get there early---plus she's a really nice woman and I like to support her over Caribou and Dunns

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                    Cafe Patteen
                    920 2nd Ave S # 295, Minneapolis, MN

            2. AWESOME! Thanks everyone - we'll add those to the list and let you know what we think - we do it on Thursdays only, so may take a couple weeks to get through the recommendations, excited to try Cafe Patteen!

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              Cafe Patteen
              920 2nd Ave S # 295, Minneapolis, MN

              1. The Birchwood Cafe makes great scones.

                1. Ooh, ooh, the cherry pecan scones at Swede Hollow Cafe are soooo good. Great texture (bits of crispiness on the outside, not too dense, not too gummy, not too dry, and punctuated by nice little hunks 'o' chewy cherries and crunchy pecans) and great flavor (buttery, not too sweet but sweet enough with sweet/sour dried cherries and nutty toasted pecans). Yum I want one right now.

                  Actually I have yet to eat a bakery item from Swede Hollow that wasn't excellent.

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                  Swede Hollow Cafe
                  725 7th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55106