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Basic Bakery & Deli - STL

Lucy B | Dec 23, 200409:35 AM

Recommend giving this place a try for fresh baked bread and pastries. Located far south on Kingshighway, the stretch between the intersection of Christy with Kingshighway and Kingshighway's end at Gravois. It's just a small store front next to an antique store and a computer joint.

This is a Bosnian bakery that has not been opened long. The deli portion of the name is a bit of a stretch, at least at this point. I say this because unless I'm missing something there doesn't appear to be anything but baked goods. However, the bakery end of the business is top flight to the extent that we have sampled its wares.

There is a growing selection of very good bread at very cheap prices. When I stopped by this morining (12/22)at 7:00 am to pick up Christmas cookies the owner, Alaga Basic, showed me loaves of French, white (whole and sliced), rye, wheat and ciabatta (hope I'm spelling this correctly). I'm assuming they are supplying restaurants because the place was packed with bread and men were loading it into boxes and carrying it out to a waiting van.

We have tried several different desserts over the past few weeks and all were outstanding. Very well done and not loaded with sugar. I picked up five dozen cookies this morning. I say cookies but they are more like delicate pastries. For lack of a better description and having no idea what their real name is they are like small crescent rolls filled with fruit and rolled in powdered sugar. Delicious.

If you speak Bosnian (and I'm assuming that's the language) you will have no trouble. If you are confined to English, as I am, you have to muddle through. I simply point and hold up fingers to say how many items I desire.

It's great to see a come back for neighborhood bakeries (even though my doctor tells me I need to lose 15 pounds; so what else is new?) and pleasing even more to see folks coming to America and making a go of it. Ah, I love the smell of captialism in the morning.

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