You can get baked goods from Pierre Country Bakery at Dan's Foods in the Salt Lake Valley, or you can get them at the downtown Farmers Market, or at The Market in Park City.

But if those are the only places you go to enjoy Pierre's products, you miss out on the panoply of yumminess at the bakery's cafe, which luckily for all of us is conveniently located close to I-215 East on 3300 South.

We stopped by Pierre for a weekend lunch; the place is open until 7 p.m. on weekdays, 6 p.m. on Saturdays. I was immediately dazzled by the goods on display in the glass-fronted cases: huge and flaky croissants, cakes of every description, tipped muffins showing off their golden tops, glass apothecary jars full of plate-size cookies and baskets of bread whose yeasty scent pervaded the place.

There's a lunch special that offers a combination of half-sandwich or quiche with soup or salad, or you can get just soup and salad. And don't worry if you take that option — you won't miss out on the baked goods thanks to a pert, crusty little roll that comes with the meal.

My husband had the Italian deli sandwich, which even halved was a hefty size. On a crusty foccacia-style roll were capicolla, Black Forest ham, provolone, onions, and green and red peppers, sliced thick. With it he had a salad that, while pre-made, was fresh and nicely seasoned.

I had the mushroom-and-cheese quiche, warmed, and it was an earthy marvel, packed with mushrooms surrounded by just enough egg and cheese to hold everything together. With it I had the minestrone-like tomato Florentine soup, with shell pasta, diced tomatoes and spinach in an herbed tomato broth.

The kids shared two sandwiches, the fresh and simple turkey with provolone, baby greens, tomatoes and dijon mustard; and the tuna salad, which featured a dill-infused (but lightly applied) dressing that accented the tuna beautifully.

Of course, we had to have dessert, and a few treats to take home for later. The kids loved the huge, crisp-tender ginger and chocolate-chip cookies, and we all wished we'd ordered one more fresh fruit tart, with beautiful berries atop a creamy filling and a just-sweet, flaky crust. We liked the mint-chocolate cake, too, especially its firm, brownie-like cake, but we left a lot of the good, but very rich, mint buttercream frosting on the plate — it was spread on too thickly even for our sweets-loving tastes.

We had hardly gotten home before my croissant-loving 6-year-old was clamoring for a taste of the butter-and-chocolate croissants we'd bought, and both were delicious, wonderfully flaky, and so rich that we cut slices off and saved the rest for later.

We also liked Pierre's firm-crusted baguettes, and, especially, the crackly, aromatic French country loaf, which was great alone, in sandwiches and toasted.

Lunch special $7; sandwiches $6.50-$6.99; cake, individual cookies and other desserts (daily selections vary) $1.15 to about $3.75 per slice (prices top out at about $28 for whole cakes); individual tarts $4.99; bread and rolls 65 cents to about $4.50

Rating: ***

Where: 3239 E. 3300 South

Hours: Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

Closed Sunday

Payment: Major credit cards accepted; no checks

Phone: 486-0900


Wheelchair access: Easy

Stacey Kratz is a freelance writer who reviews restaurants for the Deseret Morning News. E-mail: