Midwest Living Review
Johan's Bakery has four branches throughout this part of Michigan; the one in Boyne City has a decidedly old-fashioned feel, with a cute storefront on Lake Street. Soups and sandwiches are available, but we were drawn to the pastries, which were generously proportioned and looked freshly made. Options include cherry Danishes drizzled in white icing, plump bagels and huge donuts (chocolate-frosted, crumb-covered, glazed, you name it). Coffee and a nice variety of tea bags are available with self-serve ceramic mugs, and there are a lot of tables where you can sit down to eat. Despite a promising exterior, however, Johan's Bakery was ultimately a disappointment. We went in around 7:30 on a Monday morning, which should be primetime for a bakery specializing in breakfast pastries, and it was dead. We expected old-timers reading the paper or business-owners buying boxes of donuts, but instead, we were the only customers in the 10 minutes we were there. Why? Well, upon closer examination, some trays in the bake-case were loaded with attractive treats, but others were completely empty. Our plain sour cream cake donut had great flavor and was good washed down with coffee, but on its own was too dry. There was no one visibly working in the open kitchen, and service, while friendly and efficient, wasn't particularly warm or personal. A good small-town bakery has a morning bustle, tip-top treats and a winning personality at the counter. Those key ingredients were sadly missing here.