Haven't seen anyone mention this relatively new spot on Bass Lake road and 694 in Maple Grove, so I thought I'd let you guys know what I thought. It's a French bakery, run by actual French bakers. That means their product isn't as sweet as a standard bakery, but I tend to like that.
I stopped in for lunch the other day and was impressed. I had the Black Forest ham and brie on their French bread. A good sandwich. The bread was fresh and chewy as it's supposed to be, and they resisted the urge to pile 17 pounds of ham on it, so you could really taste the brie slices and the bread. The apple tart for desert was excellent, not only in taste, but in presentation. Thin-sliced apple layered on a flaky crust, with hints of cinnamon and again, just enough sugar to bring out the flavors, without turning it into candy. The other desserts looked equally tempting, but sadly I've only the one stomach so they'll have to wait for another day. The prices are pretty good too - $10 will get you a large sandwich and dessert.
They have a selection of french wines, coffee, as well as house-made ice creams and sorbets, which I've also not yet sampled.
The service is somewhat slow - they spend a long time wrapping the sandwich perfectly, and boxing the pastry perfectly, and getting that little gold ribbon on the pastry box set Just-So. And they apparently have some weird POS system that requires a lot of mouse clicks and typing even if you only order a couple of things, but I didn't find the speed to be a detraction from the place.
I'll definitely be back to try them again.
13332 Bass Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN