Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sweets to the Right, Savory to the Left

   Old Town Lansing is blessed with many sparkling gems, from its art galleries to its quaint speciality shops, its delightfully creative people to its fabulous food establishments.  One of these fantastic restaurants is a newcomer to Old Town, Aggie Mae's Bakery.  Aggie Mae's began with a delicious space in the Lansing City Market, which is still in business.  The owner decided it was about time to expand to her own place with more room and more ways to tempt her customers.  From sweet to savory, Aggie Mae's does just that.

     When one walks in the door of the bakery,  two display cases arouse the senses.  The case, to the right, features a generous portion of sweet pastries, and the case, to the left, spotlights a variety of savory breads.  All of these look absolutely decadent.  The natural, exposed brickwork of the building, mismatched furniture, and lovely glassware gives the restaurant that eclectic, European feel.  This is the perfect atmosphere for losing oneself in a leisurely lunch, with dessert of course!

     As one moves toward the back of the shop, beyond the cases of confections and treats, one finds a beautiful sandwich making station.  On our trip to the bakery, my husband starts there.  He orders a roast beef sandwich on seeded sourdough bread with sliced cucumber, tomato, red and green peppers, leaf lettuce, mayonnaise and a few slices of pepper jack cheese.  He adds this sandwich to a meal deal, which includes a cookie and a drink, for $6.50.  The sandwich, although simple, is colorful and fresh.  The roast beef is perfectly sliced, and the seeded sourdough provides a nice earthy flavor.  His chocolate chip cookie rounds out the meal nicely with a melt-in-your mouth goodness.

       I opt for something a bit more substantial for lunch.  The special, this mild Friday afternoon, is Sloppy Joe, so I decided to try it.  I was, sort of, looking forward to one of their soups, but the owner decides that since it is not so cold out, the bakery would try something a little different.  No problem!  The Sloppy Joe, served on a house made bun, is appropriately messy, unique, and delicious at the same time.  My meal deal cashes out at $5.50 for a sandwich, an Italian pasta salad, and coffee.  For dessert, I acquire an extra special treat, a Red Velvet Cupcake.  These cupcakes are elegant and rich with a luscious, creamy frosting.  This particular Friday, Aggie Mae's Bakery has four different kinds to choose from, so the choice is not an easy one.  The display case holds cupcakes of Peanut Butter Cup, Red Velvet, Sea Salt Toffee Caramel, and Boston Cream Pie.  Yum!  It is hard not to get one of each and take them home to enjoy later.

       If one is in the Lansing area, Aggie Mae's Bakery is an easy location to spot in the Old Town district, as well.  Just look for the huge cupcake on Grand River Avenue.  It is a lovely place to stop for lunch, or any time really!

Update:  Aggie Mae's now has a new location in Grand Ledge, which still serves the same great food with excellent service.  Please, check them out at, 914 Charlevoix Street #130, Grand Ledge, MI 48837.