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“Not as good as it used to be...”
Review of Door County Bakery

Door County Bakery
Ranked #4 of 15 Shopping in Sister Bay
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

I remember going here with my mom to pick up baked goods before hitting the beach with the kids, they had great tasting, fresh items for an OK price.

Last august (2012) we stopped in to pick up a few of our favorite items.
The prices had gone up, but since we are only in Door County once a year we still chose to buy on account of tradition.
Everything was very stale except for the Corsica loaf, (which I'm guessing is only because its so popular?) This was hugely disappointing since this has been a family tradition since the kids were little. Afterward we spoke with friends that have a cottage near us and sadly, they had similar experiences recently.
I'm afraid that for the price things are there now I'm not willing to take a chance on them again!

Some members of the staff are nice, competent and helpful but others are downright rude.

Try another place in Sister Bay thats actually worth it, such as Base Camp or Drink Coffee for baked goods.

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Reviewed 18 February 2013

Used to eagerly buy bakery goods here after the long weekly drive to our cottage. Overpriced but the quality of ingredients was unsurpassed. French bread, French rolls, peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies, specialty Corsica breadsticks, and fruit-filled kolaches. All delicious. Gobbled them up before we arrived in our driveway. Unfortunately last spring we were sold two stale cherry-cheese danish sweet rolls at $4.75 each and four stale cookies at $2.25 each when we had relatives visiting. What a disappointment. Gave the bakery another try last fall and we got fresh bread but stale cookies again. Advertising for this place on WGN radio in Chicago over the years brought in droves of customers. What happened? Why the stale items? Why not sell them as day-old like they used to? Why sell them to unsuspecting customers as first-rate? We are not all one-time-only tourists. Now we go to Drink Coffee for scrumtious cookies, Base Camp for muffins and coffeecake (fabulous cinnamon crunch coffeecake), and hit the Saturday morning Farmer's Market in Sturgeon Bay for a wide variety of freshly milled, handmade breads from Algoma. Wish Door County Bakery would return to consistency and ethical selling practices.
As to bakery clerks there, they are competent and helpful but sometimes frazzled because they are understaffed.

2  Thank TravelduoChicago
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

We stopped here for breakfast one weekend morning. Although we found the prices to be a bit high (of course this is Door County), the food was very good and the service was fine. I had the quiche of the day which had a very buttery crust and loads of sun dreid tomatoes. My latte was also creamy and delicious. Hubbie got the farmer's plate with eggs, very good ham, bread with chopped cherry jam, cherry juice and coffee. The atmosphere was relaxing. Of course we could not leave without a piece of Corsica loaf for the road. Next time we are in Door County we will plan to return.

2  Thank Cheeseheads
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

The Corsica Loaf is the best bread I have ever had, dripping with delicious olive oil. Yum. We had delicious hot beef sandwiches made with it this year. Top notch! This place is truly laid back and relaxed. If you want fast food, go back to your home town. The staff are very friendly and know that good bread takes time. So relax and enjoy.

2  Thank Dave G
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

We've come here many times and generally get great baked goods. In particular we like the cherry danish. However, on this trip we have not had very good luck here.

As others have mentioned the service can be quite slow.

The baked goods were not as fresh this trip as previous trips. We did not feel the cherry danish was as soft or fresh as we've had previously. It seems like they've changed the dough a bit and it seems a little harder now. We ordered an "Itty Bitty" pecan roll and it was kind of dry and a little hard. The Corisca bread is always tasty.

We had heard others complain about their food when they ate here, but had never ventured into the lunch menu. This last visit we decided to try some soups. The french onion soup had a great flavor, but too much bread in the bottom (it was more than 50% bread). My husband ordered the oyster stew and it was a disaster. First it took forever to get 2 bowls of soup. When it came out, neither was particularly hot, and his was curdled. Yes, curdled. How do you curdle soup? The top of the soup was covered with a layer of butter than had separated from the milk solids. After the soup was dropped off no one ever came back to ask how our lunch was. We finally (15 min later) flagged a waitress who looked at the curdled soup, left it on the table, and went back to the kitchen for several minutes. She finally came back, mumbled something about the soup either being old or cold (we couldn't tell which) and she offered to bring another soup. We asked for the tomato, but when it didn't come in another 15 minutes (how long does it take to heat 1 bowl of soup?), we decided it was time to leave.

We would definitely go back as we have liked this place in the past, and they do have good coffees and good baked goods.

They also have a cute (tiny) gourmet store that has nice nibbles where you can get good cheeses, meats, frozen items, and bottles of specialty groceries.

1  Thank sundari108
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