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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. Currant scone at Rustica

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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

    2. 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

                1. Looks like we'll have to add a few and extend the "review". This morning we tried Rustica - on a scale of 1-5, we gave it a 5 for appearance, 4 for texture - great texture, but just a 3 on taste, seemed to lack a lot of flavor, but still a good scone. YUM is still at the top. We're going to Moose & Sadie's and Colossal Cafe as well, and will now add Swede Hollow and Birchwood - we could be eating scones forever - DARN! We'll report back!

                  1. Some of the scones at Cupcake, at University and Bedford are pretty good. The real gem in my mind is the Mayday Cafe at 35th and Bloomington. Their currant scone is excellent. I think they are my favorite spot for breakfast pastry in the cities that I have encountered so far. I'll second Swede Hollow as well. For me, their buttermilk scone is tops.

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

                    1. 3 Tiers Cakes replaced the old Scandia bakery on 34th Ave S, right off of Minnehaha Parkway. They seem to be more of a special 'treat' bakery, I have yet to see a large display of cakes, but I am sure they do them on special order. Anyway, I had a pepperoni cheddar scone there a couple weeks ago that was so tender and rich and flavorful, I was taking the littlest bites I could to savor it. Put them on your Scone Review. You won't be sorry.

                      1. Try Patisserie Margo off Hwy 100 and 50th. They're beautiful. They are generous with butter there.

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                        Patisserie Margo
                        5133 Gus Young Ln, Minneapolis, MN 55436

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                        1. re: shoo bee doo

                          They are amazing. We also recently discovered that they sell them frozen, which are the perfect treat on Sunday morning when they are closed.

                        2. Check out this cafe in the downtown Minneapolis skyway - Allies - they're only open from like 7am to mid afternoon. They have all sorts of berry scones ... I think they are in the Rand Building near the Hennepin County Govt Center - address is:

                          527 Marquette Avenue
                          Suite 205
                          Minneapolis, MN 55402
                          612-333-6425

                          1. I second the suggestion to try Patisserie Margo's scones, which are also available at Dunn Brothers. They used to be my absolute favorite (especially the espresso chocolate chip). But I had one the other day and it was more yellow and less flaky than what I remembered from the past. Maybe they changed their recipe?

                            On the top of my list of bad scones is Breadsmith's. Ugh.

                            1. Zumbro cafe in LInden Hills was great. It has been awhile since I have been there. I heard they closed up their bakery only side and are now just open as a sit down restaurant, but I don't know that for sure. They used to make a gingerbread scone that was fantastic.

                              1. It probably isn't helpful to nominate an obscure place with limited hours and one flavor of scone that sells out quickly, but I will anyway: Maison Darras in the St. Paul skyway. They have a blueberry scone that is out of this world. Completely unlike the doorstop-type scone, this one is lighter but still retains a scone-type quality. You'll definitely need to be there before 9 a.m.

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                                1. re: latte4me

                                  Colossal Cafe-excellent sweet and savory. 42nd and Cedar Ave S, Mpls.

                                  1. re: Westsgirl

                                    Ditto Colossal Cafe. Except that their breakfast is so good, I seldom have room for the scones.

                                  2. re: latte4me

                                    Maison Darras makes scones?!?!?!? I need to wake up earlier...

                                  3. Personally, I love the broccoli cheddar scone at the Wedge Bakery. The butter is fantastic and adds so much flavor to their scones.

                                    1. First of all I have to thank you for doing this. I LOVE Scones, and when I when on line to look for other places that sold scones In the twin cities I found your site. So it is a tradition now that my husband and I go every Saturday morning to a new place on your sight. It has been just wonderful for us to start our weekend with breakfast and spending some quality time together. I also wanted you to try my favorite scone place in Spring Lake Park called Global Grounds. They have a fantastic cherry almond scone as well as blueberry and raspberry white chocolate, yummy, yummy, yummy. But you have to get there early or order them a head of time, enjoy
                                      Colette