By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)
There are two good reasons to visit The Cottage Bakery and Café: one is to be a part of the Cottage Bakery legacy which dates back to 1932 and the other is to savour their tasty fare. The history of the bakery has been carefully written onto a large chalkboard which takes up a great deal of wall space. Both my lunch date and I read the entire history and at first, I wondered why others in the café were not. With the bakery being close to a high school, all of the other patrons were regular customers, having seen the message many, many times.
I chose the Mediterranean pesto panini melt and broccoli cheddar soup. The gal serving us indicated that she had made the soup herself that very morning. I felt that I would be insulting her cooking if I didn’t taste it. The crunchy panini was started with a chicken breast, roasted peppers and cheese (of course). What was unusual about the panini was the inclusion of what I thought was an olive tapenade (which originates from the south of France), as opposed to a basil pesto. I am quite fond of the pungent tastes of a tapenade so was quite content. I also appreciated the crispy panini which occurs when just the right amount of time and pressure is added to the panini maker.
My lunch date also chose the soup and a chicken burger which looked to be on special that day. It too started with a chicken breast, coated and deep fried in this case, and was also adorned with cheese (unmelted).
Even though I don’t typically indulge in dessert, especially at lunchtime, we were lunching in a bakery so of course, we had to sample something! We decided upon splitting a date square. In Manitoba and other places on the prairies, the date square is called matrimonial cake. I tried researching the roots of the wedding reference unsuccessfully. But I did come across the pun that “many dates lead to matrimony.” Sounds logical to me!
The Cottage Bakery and Café is located at 1382 Pembina Highway at Dowker Avenue. It is currently owned by Peyman and Ronak Esfehani. They have an all-day menu available and are open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday they close at 5 p.m. and Sunday they are open from 9 a.m. until 5 pm. The establishment is wheelchair accessible.