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Baba À Louis

Route 11, Chester, VT - (802) 875-4666
Posted By Michael Stern on 11/6/2003 3:42:00 AM
Baba À Louis is mostly a bakery and only minimally a restaurant; and for those who find the smell of baking loaves and hot sweet pastries irresistible, it is doughy heaven. In the morning, no hot meals are served, but you can get coffee. To go with that coffee, the bakery shelves hold some of the most delicious sticky buns on the planet. Croissants are available, plain or filled, and they are buttery masterworks. Arrive at the right time early in the day and you can see steam escape from the yeasty swirls as you tear off shreds to savor.

Other confectionery wonders of note: blueberry squares, custard-filled éclairs, meringue bites, apple turnovers, brownies, ginger snap cookies, and date bars.

If you’ve less of a sweet tooth but are a bread lover, the list of available kinds includes French, sourdough, whole wheat, rye, cheese-herb, oatmeal, anadama, and cinnamon raisin. Call ahead and Baker John McLure will make white or whole wheat French to order.

Lunch is served cafeteria-style. There is pizza on the weekends; and Tuesday through Saturday, you can have a panini, open-face, or regular sandwich, quiche or soup or salad.

The bakery is a beautiful, high-ceiling cathedral of baking with sunlight streaming in windows high above. When you enter and stand at the counter deciding what to eat, you have a clear and inspiring view of the bakers at work – kneading dough and pulling hot loaves from the oven.

Note: the bakery is closed during April and most of November, but open again at Thanksgiving.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Sweet, buttery, and as delicate as a croissant, Baba A Louis' sticky buns are unsurpassed.
"Sweet, buttery, and as delicate as a croissant, Baba A Louis' sticky buns are unsurpassed."
Michael Stern





From the Baba A Louis web site:
"From the Baba A Louis web site: "There is a real treat nestled amongst the Green Mountains in Chester, Vermont. Next to an old barn, John McLure and Ruth Zezza have constructed a building that is very difficult to describe other than to say it is beautiful... Somewhat hiddden from the main road, the bakery welcomes you with enchanting one-of-a-kind windows, lots of natural lighting, radiant heat from the italian tiles and the smell of bread baking.""
Michael Stern


This vividly fruity blueberry square sells for seventy-five cents.
"This vividly fruity blueberry square sells for seventy-five cents."
Michael Stern


A sheaf of French breads perfumes the air.
"A sheaf of French breads perfumes the air."
Michael Stern


The bakery cases are filled with brownies, meringue bites, date bars, exlairs, twists, turnovers, and these brilliant-flavored lemon bars.
"The bakery cases are filled with brownies, meringue bites, date bars, exlairs, twists, turnovers, and these brilliant-flavored lemon bars."
Michael Stern



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