14 Historic 3rd Street
Rochester Minnesota 55902United States
Midwest Living Recommends
French and German flavors infuse the menu items at this bistro, run by the owners of the popular Daube's Bakery.
Anyone who has sampled the decadent Alsatian pastries at Daube's Bakery will know not to miss its European bistro. For those not in the know, the bakery--and the bistro--makes everything from scratch with real butter, real cream and fresh ingredients. The bistro menu is filled with the French-German flavors of the Alsace region, including boeuf a la mode, pate, quiches and fresh soups like green-pea puree. There are regional favorites, too, like pan-crusted walleye, wild rice risotto cakes and sandwiches nested in thick, chewy bread. Jasper's is a place where you really must save room for dessert. Here the chefs really shine, with pear-almond tortes, raspberry-filled linzer torte, kolaches and a signature carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Combine the menu with the setting--a sweet brick building tucked among antique shops--and Jasper's is a pleasant place to savor the rich flavors of the Old Country.