Tulie Bakery – home of some of the best croissants in town. You can’t find a “Best Bakery” contest without seeing Tulie Bakery consistently ranked in the top 3. Why it has taken me this long to pay a visit, I really have no excuse. Located a few blocks away from the 9th and 9th district in Salt Lake City, the average passerby might easily miss Tulie Bakery. It is located on, from what I could tell, a quiet street. I got there just before close at 5:45 PM. In the back of my mind, my concern was that I was going to get all the stuff baked from the morning shift, and not find anything fresh and delicious. This wasn’t the case however. You can still stop in after work and find a nicely stocked Tulie Bakery. Here are some pictures.
Tulie doesn’t have as many things “in the display case” as Gourmandise, but the few things I tried were quite good. The freshness seemed to be there too, nothing that tasted like it has been sitting out all day, or brought back from the day before.
My absolute favorite thing here was the croissants. I got a frangipane croissant, which had almonds inside. It was one of the biggest croissants I’ve ever had let alone tastiest. You can see them pictured in the upper right hand corner of my picture. Another item I got was a slice of coffee cake. I watched as the lady helping me started cutting a little sliver of cake from the coffee cake loaf. I thought to myself “Man, that is a tiny slice, that better not be it!” What the lady was doing however, was cutting off a thin slice of the outer layer of cake, because next she cut off a huge slice that was about 3 inches thick. I was so happy! The cake had nice density to it while maintaining a good amount of fluffiness. I know those two words contradict each other, but you will just have to try one.
The last two things I tried were a chocolate bouchon, and a palmier. The bouchon was a tall little round brownie like pastry. I really enjoyed the consistency of the bouchon, but it was a bit off for me in the chocolate taste department. I still might try it again, but it didn’t knock my socks off. The palmier was magnificent! It reminded me of those round tins of Swedish butter cookies we sometimes get around the holidays, only 100 times yummier!
Tulie Bakery has some wonderful baked goods, but they also have a wide variety of hot pressed sandwiches and coffee treats. I will definitely be back to try some of the tarts and other breakfast pastries. You can find a wonderful gallery of some of their baked goodies here.
I’m preaching to the choir for those living in Tulie’s neck of the woods. This place is great, but it is a little hidden, so take my advice and go check it out.