12 Sweet Midwest Bakeries
Atchison, Kansas: Marigold Bakery and Cafe
For a taste of down-home Kansas goodness, pull up a chair at cheery Marigold Bakery Cafe. Customers sit at farmhouse kitchen tables weathered by years of plate-passing. In the kitchen, women wearing aprons and hot mitts pull crusty loaves from toasty ovens.
Sugary treats displayed in bubble-topped, glass cake stands include cookies, cinnamon-pecan rolls, coffee cakes, muffins, scones, old-fashioned cream puffs and cherry Danish. We love the baby 6-inch pies to share -- or not! Flavors change daily (coconut cream, lemon meringue, chocolate cream, peach, apple and cherry).
For lunch, we found that a half-sandwich and baby greens salad combo and a fresh-squeezed glass of strawberry lemonade was light yet satisfying. We were intrigued by our table topping, a vintage Kansas state map tablecloth. In summer, you can sit out front of the brightly colored Victorian storefront at a marigold-yellow table.
Take Marigold's goodness home with a box mix of buttery, oatmeal-streusel Kansas Coffee Cake (marigoldbakery.com; 402/934-7450) - Kit Bernardi