Dollars & Sense readers know that I’m a fan of the Lofthouse bakery outlet in Fridley, which sells artisan loaves for only $1 per loaf. Several varieties are brought out each weekday in the no-frills dive of an outlet. Despite the humble digs, the breads, rolls and cookies are all winners.
But if you can’t make it to Fridley during the week (Lofthouse is closed weekends), try Franklin Street Bakery in Minneapolis. It’s open seven days a week (except Easter Sunday). A few weeks ago, the bakery lowered the price on all of its bread products to 99 cents, including loaves, buns, hoagies, ciabatta loaves, focaccia and others. The bakery decided to lower its regular $2.50 to $3.50 prices to 99 cents for an “extended but limited time” as its customers struggle with the recession, said manager Kristi Wilson. Each day three to six bread varieties are offered including Parisian baguettes, multi-grain, honey oat, cinnamon, and cranberry wild rice. Friday’s offerings include wheat, white, sourdough, ciabatta loaves, and pull-apart rolls. The bakery has been a gem in the Phillips neighborhood since 2003. Go for the bread but check out the noteworthy desserts too.
I’ve also included a list of more traditional bakery outlets in the Twin Cities from my column last year.
LOFTHOUSE/ C2B CONCEPTS
7350 Commerce Lane, Fridley, 763-586-6241.
Prices: Bread, 50 cents per loaf; cookies, $2 per pack; rolls, 25
Store items: More than 50 artisan breads, including Tuscan white,
cranberry walnut, honey oat, country Italian, ciabatta rolls,
cookies. Generally, no more than six to eight varieties offered
Hours: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. weekdays.
3200 Ranchview Lane, Plymouth, 763-559-1515.
Prices: Bread, $1.19 per loaf (private label) to $1.89 (12-grain
Store items: Variety of Country Hearth breads, buns, cookies,
packaged snacks, condiments.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.
Blaine (763-755-5542), Eagan (651-688-9275), New Brighton
(651-639-1266), Richfield (612-861-5926), White Bear Lake
Prices: Bread, 60 cents per loaf (private label) to $1.89 (black
Store items: Bread from Sara Lee, Healthy Choice and Master;
buns; Malt O’ Meal cereals; cookies; milk; condiments; bagged
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.
WONDER BREAD AND HOSTESS CAKES
Burnsville (952-890-7335), Maplewood (651-770-7176), Minneapolis
(612-729-1710), New Hope (763-533-2268)
Prices: Bread, 99 cents to $1.35 per loaf.
Store items: Wonder Bread, English muffins, doughnuts, Hostess
cookies, Twinkies, condiments, bagged snacks.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat.
HOPKINS THRIFT BAKERY
1812 Mainstreet, Hopkins, 952-931-9679
Prices: Three loaves for $1.75 or half off the marked price.
Store items: Bread, cookies, rolls and doughnuts from Cub Foods
bakery and Jerry’s Foods.
Hours: 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sat.