Our family wandered in to Simonsen's because I wanted a cup of coffee - and they had the only sign we could see along all of the main Charlevoix business street that sold coffee. My goodness, we were blown away by Simonsen's.
The owner is a graduate of Cordon Bleu's pastry chef training in Paris. His diplomas (he graduated from three levels of Cordon Bleu training) are prominently displayed on the wall behind the display case.
And, wow, can he bake. We had two kinds of cookies, and an eclair. They were magnificent. Delicious. He makes everything entirely by scratch - everything. And, makes it fresh daily (of course).
We also noted that he offered a full lunch menu, bistro-style. We were too late for lunch, but the menu looked wonderful. There are about six small tables in the restaurant and lovely big windows on two sides of the Cafe.
Who knew that such a bakery was sitting at the end of Bridge Street - it's nearly the last business in the downtown.
This bakery and cafe has my highest rating. The quality of the food is superlative. And, I would also like to note the level of congeniality and pleasantness on the part of the owner and his staff. They made my family feel very welcome and we had a lovely chat with him. We asked him many questions about his training and his baking, and he cheerfully responded.
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