If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the pandemic, it’s that our appetite for comfort foods, in particular baked goods, knows no bounds.
So it’s not surprising that La Delicious Bread, a new Parisian-style bakery in Maplewood, has generated some serious buzz.
The bakery is owned by father-son team Tieng and Brandon Vang. Tieng Vang grew up in Paris, where Brandon was born. The family immigrated to Eagan, and Brandon graduated from Eastview High School. Brandon got an IT degree, but ultimately realized that he, like his father, was called to the culinary life. (Tieng Vang owned restaurants in Tampa and Minneapolis.)
Brandon worked for a while as a sushi chef, but the father and son decided to go back to their roots and start an authentic French bakery. For Brandon, that meant studying baking first in Paris at Ecole Boulangerie de Paris. Then they were ready to bring a bit of home to Minnesota.
“We bring in the flour and all the ingredients from Paris,” Tieng Vang said. “I said if we’re going to do this, we’ve got to be authentic. We’re not just going to try and stick with what we have around here and try to compete with Panera bread; we don’t want to be just another bakery.”
The bakery serves traditional French bread and croissants and other pastries, but also has a banh mi menu that includes a lamb version and a traditional sandwich that uses a French pate recipe. Both are hot sellers, Tieng Vang said.
Tieng Vang said the community response to the bakery, which opened at the beginning of the month, has been beyond his wildest imagination.
“We had to close by 10:30 a.m. the first day, because we had a mile-long line,” he said. “I had to go give people in line coupons because we sold out. But the crazy thing is, all those people came back the next day with those coupons. They were very understanding.”
The lesson is, get there early, especially if you want pastries. Vang said bread is usually available until 3:30 p.m., when they close.
La Delicious Bread: 2158 Rice St., Maplewood; 651-797-4620; ladeliciousbread.com
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