Most of Michigan, especially Northern Michigan, is already fondly familiar with Pleasanton Bakery. Their delicious desserts, artisan pizzas, and life-changing breads have created a delightful uproar in town. From this, a need for even more Pleasanton was created. Under Chef Jonathan St. Hilaire’s artistic eye, the Pleasanton Café opened its doors on Union Street this past February.
Speaking with store manager, Vanessa Clark, I had the pleasure of discovering all the new happenings that the café will bring. The most important thing people need to know is that there will be made-from-scratch soups available daily. The soups will be made at the actual bakery and brought over to the café every morning and are generally based on seasonal options. There are also pre-made sandwiches and salads carted over to the café daily, with delightful options such as a chopped salad and an olive oil poached tuna salad sandwich.
On my recent visit to the café, it’s possible that I got carried away. I had no choice but to dabble in the seafood corn chowder; it was hearty, delicious, amazing, and every other positive adjective I can think of. The quinoa salad also looked inviting. I purchased it as well, despite my skepticism for beets. Of course, it was great. The beets were quite sweet, which paired amazingly well with the mandarin oranges and feta cheese. Undoubtedly, no trip to Pleasanton is complete without dessert. I had a difficult time deciding between a blueberry danish and turtle brownie, so I did what any logical person would do: I flipped a coin. (I bet you thought I was going to say I purchased both, didn’t you?) The coin toss led me to the turtle brownie and I have not been disappointed. Because of it’s ginormous size, I still have 75% of it left. My mouth is watering at the anticipation of finishing it.
In addition to lunch items, the Pleasanton Café will have everything that is currently sold at the bakery, except for the pizza. Breads, tarts, pastries, and unlimited goodness is available for the viewing and consuming pleasure at the convenience of 118 Union Street. In addition to all the edibles available, the Pleasanton Café also serves Light of Day Organic Tea and Madcap Coffee.
The Pleasanton Café is great for grabbing food to go, but also for enjoying a relaxing breakfast or lunch break. The wireless is free, the atmosphere is calming, and the smells are radiant. If you’ve been looking to switch up your lunch routine in Traverse City, the Pleasanton Café is ideal. Like them on Facebook to stay updated with their daily soup, salad, sandwich, and dessert offerings. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go finish my turtle brownie.