Bakeries have always felt a little like sanctuaries to me. They are so bright and cheery and everyone inside is always so happy–or maybe experiencing a sugar high. As a child I never liked candy much, but I’d bet that the feeling a kid has in a candy store is the same feeling I get in a bakery.
Maybe it all comes down to my love of pastries, and bakeries are simply where pastries are found.
But really, have you ever seen or even heard of someone being unhappy in a bakery? A coffee shop, maybe, but there is only happiness in the land of yeast, dough, cream and sugar.
Tulie Bakery in Salt Lake City is no different. Soaked in sunshine, the petite bakery’s wall of windows are welcoming to both the sun and the surrounding 9th and 9th neighborhood, whose residents stroll in with their dogs on Sunday walks or read the paper perched on the bar stools against the window. Couples chat on the community tables and families stop in for treats on the go. It’s so picturesque it’d bug me if the pastries weren’t so good.
The pastry case is something out of my most coveted dreams—that is, when I arrive to Tulie at a decent time. Tulie may be open from early morning until early evening (6 pm is closing time), but its goodies rarely share the same shelf life. Arriving early is essential for the best selection of breakfast pastries, classic treats and savory goods.
Tulie’s tarts and cakes take center stage, ranging in size from mini to personal size ($6.50-6.95) to full sized (tarts $38-40, cakes $29-62). Traditional savory goods frequent the glass case (like Gouyere Tart, $3.75, Savory Tart, $4.95) and macarons ($1.50), decadently rich chocolate bouchons ($2.75) and pan al chocolate ($4.75) complete the French-inspired selection.
Besides the top notch pastries and their required sidekick of coffee (they serve local Charming Beard coffee), Tulie has sandwiches, soups and toasts, too. The grilled cheese ($9.50) is not your typical lazy lunch, made with rich gruyere, basil and thinly sliced tomatoes. Paired with their housemade tomato soup ($5.50), a chunky version spiced up with onions, and it’s sure to brighten any rainy day (real or imagined).
Other sandwiches vary depending on the day, with most consisting of jazzed-up version of classic sandwiches. Take the Turkey/Brie/Avocado ($9.75) or Proscuitto/Gorgonzola/Fig ($7.75) or Pancetta/Tomato/Greens ($9.75) for instance; order it alongside the French Onion Soup ($5.50).
Whether you’re grabbing treats to go or to enjoy on Tulie’s hidden patio; whether you’re indulging in sugary therapy by yourself or with friends, Tulie has the charm and the deliciousness to satisfy your craving.
Go to Tulie Bakery for :: a delicious pastry and cup of coffee. Notes :: Open Monday-Friday 7:30 am-6 pm, Saturday 8 am-6 pm, Sunday 8 am-5 pm. Arrive early for the best selection. Special orders and large quantities are available by calling 801-883-9741.