After touring around Kirkwood Missouri to check out a number of homes and other buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Bonnie and Bill decided that they’d take us to a local spot for an afternoon treat…
This is the Nathaniel Reid Bakery on Manchester Road in Kirkwood. It’s located in the small strip shopping center and, if you didn’t know what you were looking for, you might just drive on by… Even the store front is understated.
This is an overview of the inside of the bakery. It’s straightforward and simple with a few seats along a counter by the front windows.
As the saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover… Nathaniel Reid is the owner and chef of the bakery. He graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris with a Grand Diploma in Culinary and Pastry Arts. In 2012 Dessert Professional Magazine named him as one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in the USA. He has received a plethora of other awards as well.
Most recently, Reid served as the pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in St. Louis. He has also served in similar positions at the St. Regis Hotel in Dana Point California as well as the Michelin 3-star Joel Robuchon Restaurant and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, both in Las Vegas Nevada.
As these photos of the bakery display cases demonstrate, the variety of available treats is a bit mind boggling!
Customers can choose from selections of breakfast pastries, sweet snacks, sandwiches, fancy pastries, chocolates and confections, salads, macarons, pound cakes, meringues, quiche, jams and beverages.
Hopefully I’ve identified our choices correctly… This is a luscious blueberry cream cheese Danish. ($3.50)
This was the Chocolate Almond Croissant. ($3.75)
…and this one was the Financier Almond Cake. ($3.25)
I thought that my treat was the most unusual of all. The “Bostock” was a special menu item. ($3.50) Basically, this is a sweet moist almond covered slice of French toast and it was terrific!
I had to look up my special treat on the Internet. The Bostock is a buttery day-old brioche roll that is sliced into thick portions. Then its soaked in an almond simple syrup and generously spread with frangipane almond cream. In this case, almonds coated the outside. In the oven, the syrup caramelizes the edges and the almond paste forms a crunchy top crusts while the middle turns rich and custard-like. Wow!
We were all very happy with our afternoon delights! The Nathaniel Reid Bakery is located at 11243 Manchester Road in Kirkwood Missouri. Phone: 314-858-1019. The Bakery’s website can be found at http://www.nrbakery.com/. If you’re into self-torture, there are several photos of the goodies available on the website!
Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…
Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave