Nice variety of bakery goodies. The apple fritter had cinnamon laced through the dough.
7630 US 2, Iron River, WI
Venue: Small town bakery on US Highway 2, Northern Wisconsin.
Atmosphere: Very homey décor and casual setting. There are a few tables if you wish to enjoy your selections before you leave.
Food Fare: Nice variety of bakery goodies. We enjoyed apple fritters, a strawberry rhubarb turnover, and milk. All were delicious! The apple fritter had cinnamon laced through the dough which was tasty.
Recommendations: Stop in if your going through on U.S. Highway 2 through Iron River, WI. Check the counter for any “day old” bakery plates of goodies. Also, be sure to stop at the Fig Leaf Thrift Store too. It is just down the street.
Service: Very friendly.
Return Rating: Definitely! It was our second time stopping in.
Quaint bakery shop with the old tin ceiling. We enjoyed the pecan nuggets and the chocolate chip pecan cookies.
Eilenberger’s Bakery Since 1898
512 N. John St., Palestine, Texas
Venue: Small town bakery begun in 1898.
Atmosphere: Quaint bakery shop with the old tin ceiling. Welcoming to stop in and browse. There is plenty of seating to enjoy your selections or you can get them to go. A number of antiques related to the business are on display. On the walls are photographs depicting the community at different points in time.
Offerings: Candies, cookies and other goodies.
Recommendations: Be sure to get several of a variety of items to sample. We enjoyed the pecan nuggets and the chocolate chip pecan cookies. Both would be do agains on a return trip. Be sure to take a catalog with you or check out their selections online at eilenbergerbakery.com.
Service: Friendly, helpful service. We enjoyed chatting with the employee about the history of the business and building. There is even a Texas Historical Commission placque for the bakery. Under the placque is an “Oil City Ironworks, Corsicana, Texas” embossing.
Return Rating: Definitely would love to!
We walked in and were impressed with the selections. There was a huge variety of sweets with a large selection of day olds.
Cops & Doughnuts
521 N. McEwan St., Clare, MI
Not much is better than when someone comes down to the station with a couple boxes of donuts. (Maybe buffalo wings). Retiring after 24+ yrs as a cop, I can attest to the police love of food.
Driving north through Michigan, we observed a sign for the “Cops and Doughnuts,” donut shop in Clare, MI. As usual, time for a detour.
We arrived in Clare and found a bustling burg full of downtown shops and activities. It appeared that folks were taking pride in their town. On the west side of the street was “Cops and Doughnuts”.
We walked in and were impressed with the selections. There was a huge variety of sweets with a large selection of day olds. There was a spot that had tables and served other foods as well. If you would like, you could sit down and have a cup while having your doughnut. In an adjoining room were trinkets and wares in support of the Thin Blue Line.
Well, it seems this bakery was on its last leg, with other businesses leaving downtown. A group of local cops got together and purchased the bakery, changing its name to Cops and Doughnuts. The purchasing officers ( some now retired) continue to operate the business and support many local causes. If one of them retires from the PD, there is a job waiting in the doughnut business.
Stop in and check it out when in the neighborhood. Cops & Doughnuts is a tourist attraction that serves great doughnuts!
By Pete Avery
Get your coffee, donut or pasty at this Ironwood, MI bakery. Casual, friendly atmosphere in this downtown gem.
Rigoni’s Bakery, 110 S. Suffolk St., Ironwood, MI.
Venue: Hometown, local owned, small business bakery.
Atmosphere: Clean and casual, eat in or carry out bakery. Nice place for daily coffee as evidenced by many locals. The table in front of the window is the men’s a.m. gathering hole.
Food Fare: Donuts, cookies, muffins, breads, brownies, breakfast pasties, traditional pasties. Coffee, hot tea, other drinks. Reasonable prices.
Recommendations: Check out the day old packaged donuts for a deal. Also, there are sometimes pasties at a discount. Take ’em home and freeze for a quick meal. Say hi to Bob the Baker and owner if you see him. If you’ve not tried a pasty, be sure to do so.
Service: Friendly and they’ll keep your coffee cup full.
Return Rating: Definitely! This is one of the gems in downtown Ironwood in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.