Kingfield is a friendly residential neighborhood in south Minneapolis where it's hard not to be within walking distance of a delicious bakery, coffee shop or restaurant.
Patisserie 46, at the corner of 46th and Grand, is one shining example. They have been busy collecting awards since they opened a couple years ago, and it is easy to see (and taste!) why.
This family owned bakery opened with the lofty goal of becoming a warm and welcoming spot for people in the neighborhood... "a place for conversation, respite and escape from daily routines"... and it is working!
A nationally recognized pastry chef, Patisserie 46 owner John Kraus grew up in Kentucky and was teaching at the highly regarded French Pastry School in Chicago when he was called up to Minneapolis to teach a class at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. As he spent time here walking the lakes and experiencing great restaurants and communities he came to realize this was the perfect place to raise their family and fulfill their dream of opening their own business.
When Rustica (named one of the top 10 bakeries in the country) moved to a different neighborhood, John and his wife saw their chance to be in their first choice neighborhood and made their move to the Twin Cities. As the saying goes, the rest is history!
I recently had a craving for an authentic croissant, the kind that is so flaky you find yourself sprinkled with crumbs as you bite into it and taste the tender, luscious center. Patisserie 46 did not disappoint. Neither did other breads, pastries... and their new line of homemade chocolates... it seems only fitting they include chocolate since John was winner of the Food Network Chocolate Challenge!
Check out Patisserie 46 yourself at 4552 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis... closed Mondays.
If this type of urban community where most homes were built prior to 1920 appeals to you, check out homes for sale in Kingfield. There are currently 34 homes listed for sale, ranging in price from $84,900 to $439,900. Let me know if you would like to take a look!
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