Purple Sandpiper Bakehouse and Pub
8405 Lyndale Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55420
Finally! A place in Bloomington to go for a nice breakfast . . . and lunch and dinner. I’m going to try to write about how much I loved this place without being too gushy, but I am pondering giving up cooking and moving in or at least becoming their biggest fan.
The food is modern, creative, and delicious without being pretentious. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and it was a warm and happy place to eat. They seem really proud of their restaurant and their food and they should be.
For breakfast they have fun things like Scotch eggs, a particular favorite of mine, and breakfast flatbread with toppings. Some items change seasonally. For summer they had lemon ricotta pancakes, which are now pumpkin ricotta hotcakes for fall. My son hasn’t stopped raving about the Lake Superior Breakfast Sandwich made with trout lox, since he had it a week ago. I’m also anxious to try the Chef’s Breakfast sandwich: Pork belly, egg, cheddar, and Sriracha aioli served open face on brioche with creamy hash browns.
I’m a sucker for duck confit, so for lunch I ordered the Duck and Cover flatbread topped with fresh mozzarella, ricotta, carmelized onions, Au Bon Canard duck confit and a drizzle of a tangy raspberry sauce. The sauce was a great foil for the richness of the other ingredients. The only quibble I had was not enough duck.
Also being suckers for anything with pork belly, my son ordered the pork belly panini: Crisp roasted herbed pork belly, layered with roasted red peppers, basil and maple mascarpone on grilled brioche. The brioche is addictively cakelike yet incredibly light. Also addictive are their sweet potato fries served with a sweetened cinnamon dipping sauce.
At dinner they add small plates such as Thai calamari and walleye croquettes and entrees such as sumac rack of lamb, duck leg confit, Asiago crusted walleye, and a five course tasting menu. The tasting menu changes weekly.
For dessert we ordered the Apple Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding with Cheddar Ice Cream. I had to try the cheddar ice cream. It was as exciting as my first taste of salted caramel ice cream. Again, the sweet/salty ice cream balanced the richness of the bread pudding and caramel sauce. And I’d like to applaud the fact that their desserts are only $4 each and yet large enough to share.
So maybe I gush a little bit. But Bloomington needs a restaurant like this and I want them to succeed.