On Saturday we decided to do a little thrift store browsing between Apple Valley and Prior Lake. While we were specifically looking for vintage beer glasses, we were open to just about anything. While we only ended up with one beer stein from a local celebration in central Minnesota from the 1960s, we also found two coffee mugs adorned with roosters heh. We hit thrift stores I never knew existed and we ended the morning in Prior Lake. While looking for a vintage shop that never materialized because it was sorta on the fly, we found ourselves across from Edelweiss Bakery in Prior Lake.
Edelweiss is a cute corner establishment in downtown Prior Lake about a block from Perron’s Sul Lago and a quick look at the reviews online shows people adore the place. It appeared, based on the steady amount of traffic in and out that afternoon, it is highly regarded within the city’s limits as well.
With The Wife oohing and ahhing as we drove past, I figured it would be a smash hit, home run for her when we walked in the door. Seeing two glass display cases stuffed full of gooey pastries and cakes made me think The Wife’s afterglow would last for days and we’d be driving back here more often than my odometer would like. However, as The Wife looked over the options available I was really surprised when she said that nothing really caught her eye. Even I had seen a cake or two, doused in chocolate, that I thought would be really great. Not wanting to completely ignore the options, she ended up going with a simple lemon bar, a coffee, and some cream cheese stuffed French toast. I ordered a Italian sandwich on fresh baked jalapeno/cheddar bread and we nabbed a simple ham and swiss on some sort of fancy white bread for The Rooster. After paying the astronomical $28 tab for two deli meat sandwiches, some French toast, and two drinks we sat down and people watched. My favorite comment came from the woman ordering a sandwich that was near hysterics that they were even thinking of putting mayo on her sandwich and she said that she would only eat mayo if it was some sort of aioli…
Anyway, after a much longer wait than two sandwiches and French toast should take, our plates arrived and were incredibly unimpressive for $8.50. Salami, ham, cheese, pepperoni with produce on a tiny piece of bread accompanied by a quarter of an overbaked chocolate chip cookie was what I received for my money. There was nothing at all special about this one and while the fresh baked jalapeno/cheddar bread should have been able to pull this one together and make it an interesting and fun little sandwich, there was absolutely no jalapeno flavor (I saw some in there but all the flavor was baked out of it) and the cheddar were just little flakes of yellow/orange. I paid $8.50 for something that would have been better at Subway, boo.
The Rooster’s ham and swiss came as expected with some lettuce. While he ate all the meat he left most of his fresh baked bread on the plate. I helped him eat some because I was still starving from the less-than-fist-sized sandwich I had eaten. At $6.50 I should have demanded they come back and babysit him for the rest of the day to make up for the lack of worth of that sandwich.
The Wife’s stuffed french toast was ok but she said it was nowhere near as good as what is available at Jensen’s Cafe. The two tiny pieces came with a similarly tiny cup of syrup and cost $6.50. She didn’t complain about it and the value, while half the size of Jensen’s offering, was close in price. The lemon bar was nothing special. Aside from the nice crunch of the crust, this tasted like those you can make in 30 minutes out of a box from the store. At $2.50 it wasn’t astronomical but I refuse to share in the great reviews it has been provided online.
Overall this place just isn’t all that great and while it’s likely that it gets the attention it does because those in Prior Lake don’t have to drive outside of the city to get fed, there are hundreds of places around that have better food, prices, and service. I have to admit I’m a bit relieved I won’t have to drive out there every other weekend to fill a box full of pastries for The Wife on a Saturday morning.
Have you been to Edelweiss Bakery in Prior Lake? If so what did you think? What did you like best or least? What other bakeries do you frequent around town? Where is the best deli meat sandwich for lunch? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
16186 Main Ave SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372