About the Store
Rustica Bakery & Cafe is, as the name implies, a bakery and coffee shop in the Minneapolis/St Paul metro area. It has two stores: one in St Louis Park, and one opened more recently in Edina. I was first brought there in 2018/19, but rediscovered it a few years later when seeking out croissants.
The croissants from this bakery have a straight shape with a medium peak. Their exterior is very evently browned all over; the outer flat sections and layer seams are nearly identical in color, and even the bottom isn’t much darker than the rest. There doesn’t seem to be much of a glaze, though the outside smells faintly of something. A sweet wash or egg wash, maybe? Or something with milk? I can’t quite figure it out. The croissant I bought has a flaky exterior; quite a few small flakes come off.
The interior of my croissant has a nice open cell structure. The airiness is even from the crust to the center, which makes me think they have a pretty good technique for getting it even. Or I got lucky! The inside smells slightly sweet and rich, with not much of a yeasted smell.
The croissant tastes typical, in a good way. It has a balance of sweet and rich, and a little bit of breadiness, without going too far in any direction. I do note I had a lingering aftertaste of sweetness combined with bready exterior; not unpleasant. I also note that the croissant (and the pain au chocolat that was also bought) has a slightly American quality to it. I’m not sure if it’s something about the texture, or if it’s a difference in the sweetness of the taste. Maybe it’s the butter used.
This croissant is perfectly serviceable; it tastes good on its own, but is even better with a coffee. I would say the croissants from this place are not the peak of fancy croissant-dom, but I would place them in the Enjoyable category without reservation.
Ratings & Numbers
Taste Quality: 🇫🇷/🇺🇸
Price: $3.75 (March 2021)
This bakery makes different kinds of buns and pastries, including pain au chocolat as well as a mixture of French-like and American sweet and/or breakfast things. They also have a few different breads, some regular, some sourdough, as well as a baguette and challah.
Interestingly, the cappuccino they serve is not massive like at some American coffee places. It’s a single size, smaller than a Starbucks small… even when they serve it to go! And that’s as it should be.