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“Sandwiches are gargantuan!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Amazing Grace Bakery & Cafe

Amazing Grace Bakery & Cafe
394 S Lake Ave, Ste LL1, Duluth, MN 55802-2335
+1 218-723-0075
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Ranked #2 of 8 Bakeries in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Soups, Cafe, Delicatessen
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Everything from our award winning breads to our crisp golden hash browns are made from scratch daily. Whether it's muffins for your morning meeting or a cake for your wedding, the Amazing Grace Bakery and Cafe is gladly here to serve you. We have always seen the need for locally conscious and globally friendly businesses. That's why we also specialize in local eggs from Promised Land Farms, local honey from the Bar Bell Bee Ranch, fresh local beer from the Bent Paddle Brewing Company, beans from local roasters Alakef, local syrup from Simple Gifts, all of our to go containers and utensils are compostable, and we also compost all of our food and coffee waste. This bakery that added a coffee shop that started making sandwiches that started making breakfast all in the same spot has been locally owned and operated since its inception, 1995. Built on one iconic saying from our late founder, "be kind, be brave, don't eat bad bread", the Amazing Grace has held true to those ideals for nearly two decades and will for many more to come.
Dunedin, Florida, United States
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“Sandwiches are gargantuan!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

My husband and I were with another couple who have eaten at Amazing Grace Bakery many times before so they explained how everything works, although the staff is very friendly and helpful, as were other customers. The restaurant is on the garden-level, so you descend the stairs and find yourself facing the food prep area with a bakery case on your right and dining tables on your left. Their menu includes homemade soups, several salads, substantial sandwiches, and fresh baked goods. You step up to give your order where you can choose your own combination of bread, fillings, and condiments, or you can choose one of the special sandwiches that they have. Unless you have a large appetite, I strongly suggest you order a half sandwich. I opted to have the pastrami sandwich because I was curious about the pepper aoli. I loved it. I also ordered the creamy pumpkin soup, but I actually don't know if I got it because what I got--though it was delicious--didn't taste at all like pumpkin. It was hard to tell exactly what all was in it, but I did identify some potatoes, it seemed like there may have been some wild rice, and the base was definitely creamy and wonderful. My companions ordered a half tuna sandwich and coffee, a turkey sandwich and root beer, and some kind of vegetable soup and a muffin. We were all more than satisfied with our choices.
If you dine in, you get real plates, real coffee mugs, and real flatware! The atmosphere is cozy and has a college coffeehouse vibe with local musicians' autographed posters everywhere, tables with quirky news clippings epoxied on the top, and a piano in the corner. You bus your own dishes.
The prices are reasonable, the food is excellent, and the staff is young, friendly, and eager to please.

  • Visited September 2013
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Savage, Minnesota, United States
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“Great Breakfasts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Tip: There are two portions to Amazing Grace - the outside patio and the restaurant in the basement. We chose the basement portion as there was immediate seating. However, we found out that the service is faster to the patio (which is very busy). The bakery is in the basement restaurant area.

The food was very good. Had a spinach and feta cheese omelette.

For Gluten Free travelers: They do have GF cookies and toast (which they happily substitute for the wheat bread).

You do have to pay for parking anywhere on Canal street, unless you are staying at a hotel. We parked in the lot east of the restaurant. $2 for up to 2 hours.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Minneapolis
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“Fun & funky cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We ate at Amazing Grace on a Saturday morning in June-- lovely and sunny, and ended up waiting quite awhile for an outside table. We were okay with that, and the staff made the wait pretty enjoyable-- we were served coffee, we got a muffin from the bakery to tide us over, and servers kept us updated on when a table might open.

The breakfast food was great-- offbeat options with a healthy twist, vegetarian and meat. Loved the patio. We'd definitely go back when we visit Duluth!

  • Visited June 2013
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“Very Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We met some friends here mid-morning so we did not order off of the menu, but purchased some goodies from the bakery. Some of us had fried cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls, and muffins. We were disappointed in the quality of the food. They were very dry and over-baked. We would be willing to go back to try something off of the breakfast menu, maybe!!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
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“Desserts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We stopped by Amazing Grace for dessert...to re-energize after biking the lake walk....My husband had a divine chocolate cake and I had the the rhubarb pie....they were both delicious. The outdoor eating area is fun and we really enjoyed our treats. We will definitely stop here on our next trip to Duluth and canal park.

  • Visited August 2013
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