You may never pick up a grocery store baguette again. Great Cooks The Bakery will blow those tasteless loaves out of the water. This gem of a bakery can be found on 86th street in the strip center close to Ace Hardware and JoAnn Fabrics. A random place for a bakery of its caliber, but that doesn't seem to be hurting business at all. Eight types of bagles, a bread of the day, seven always-available breads, and a slew of pastries, cookies, cakes, and tarts are up for grabs six days of the week.
Ogling past the wrap around cases that shelter trays and plates of French inspired pastries, I found and ordered a Blintz (pictured below, next to my sandwich.) A blintz is very similar to a crepe. Mine was folded and filled with a mild, lightly lemony cheese. It was a great start to my lunch hour.
Great Cooks The Bakery is primarily, well, a bakery, but there are three small tables inside and a couple outside for those who are feeling European. Sandwiches and "Build your own" pizzas can be ordered and eaten in.
The sandwich options of the day were smoked salmon or egg salad. The egg salad was light as a cloud, and the egg whites are grated into the mix which gives the salad a nice consistency. I chose the Multigrain bread to house the eggy deliciousness. A fine choice if I do say so myself. While I was there, I was given a sample of the Sourdough (not too sour) and the Harvest 5 Grain (dense with seeds). Both were awesomely chewy and satisfying. Well, now I know where to get my carb fix.
Great Cooks The Bakery
1321 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260-2101
(317) 202-2435Visit Great Cooks & Company online. (Great Cooks the Bakery doesn't have it's own link unfortunately.) Open Monday through Friday 8am-8pm and Sunday 8am-3pm.