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Mar 3, 2010 07:17 AM

Morning Pastries in St. Paul

I need to bring to work morning "treats" for work, to serve about two dozen. Any suggestions for bakeries? I'd like to stick to something in St. Paul, west of downtown, as I'm not much of a morning person and won't have too much extra time to run around.

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  1. Bring in some Croissants from Trung Nam. If you get there early enough, they should have some filled ones left too. They're on University, not too far west of Downtown, and you'll certainly impress your coworkers.

    Pick up a Bahn Mi for yourself to have for lunch while you're there.

    Trung Nam French Bakery
    739 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104

    1. The only limitation with Trung Nam is that they don't open until 8:00am -- so depending on when your work morning starts, that may be too late

      PJ Murphy's on Randolph opens at 6:00am. They have doughnuts, kolache, bagels, muffins and scones.

      1. Thanks! Both good choices I was unfamiliar with. The meeting is at 9, so Trung Nam may work.

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        1. re: jaycooke

          Reporting back that the croissants from Trung Nam were excellent. A big hit with my co-workers as well. Thanks again!

        2. If you had been willing to travel a bit more I would have suggested Puffy Cream Donuts on Yankee Doodle in Eagan. Best. Donuts. Ever. But since you want to stay in St. Paul, I'd suggest A Piece of Cake on Selby. They have a lot of great breakfast pastries too.

          A Piece of Cake
          485 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN

          Puffy Cream Donut Plus
          3390 Coachman Rd Ste 208, Eagan, MN 55121

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          1. re: Seige

            What's your donut of choice at Puffy Creme? They're good donuts, no doubt, and I do recommend them in the south metro, but I'm not sure they are that much better than PJ Murphy's if you're up there, Granny Donuts on South Robert, and the others closer to downtown St. Paul. But I might be missing their standout.

            p.s. -- I've had far too many donuts from there -- our church buys a couple hundred every Sunday from Puffy Creme. Even more torturous is when the wind is out of the east in the summer and I can actually smell Puffy Creme while biking down Highway 13/Blue Cross Road.

            1. re: MSPD

              I like them all, really, but my favorite is probably the plain old fashioned. I'm sort of a traditional girl and I don't know what it is about them, but I could make a meal off of them if given the choice. That said, I love the raspberry bismarks too - those are probably a close second for me.

              P.S. You must go to the same church as my former boss. She's the one who started me on Puffy Cream because her church gets them every Sunday and she'd bring them to work. :)

              1. re: Seige

                OK, OK. I had to go over there this morning to, if nothing else, confirm I've been screwing up the spelling of Cream/Creme.

                I'm also a sucker for old fashioneds. That said, I had a maple glazed cinnamon roll this morning that was far and away the best I've had in a long time. (They don't get those in the church box...what a shame). Really outstanding.

          2. Depending on what type of baked goods you're looking for, I'd also suggest "Bread & Chocolate" - more scones, bars, cookies and such than donuts or the like.