Sunday, October 18, 2009

Yountville: Bouchon Bakery

When you think of Napa, what comes to mind is food, wine and Thomas Keller. A trip to Napa is not complete without stopping by this infamous bakery in the heart of Yountville, home of the French Laundry. We've already had a taste of Bouchon Bakery in Vegas a few months back but this is the real deal.

Before our dinner at Ad Hoc (another Thomas Keller establishment), we drove a few more blocks to find this little bakery. If you can imagine, the line was out the door and it was only 4pm. I had Marc wait in line for me while I snap this photo. I wanted to take photos inside but there was simply too many people. Only a handful of folks can fit in there.

Keller's other restaurant, Bouchon, is located right next door. Keller has a number of restaurants on Washington Street what I consider "the Strip" in Yountville. Yountville is a small town, but boy it has big city restaurants. The epitome of fine cuisine.

Now for the sweet goodness of Bouchon Bakery:

Thomas Keller's rendition of the Oreo cookie. It is made using chocolate stable dough and a sweet white chocolate ganache filling.

Macarons (photo from Bouchon Bakery in Vegas)
A classic French pastry filled with buttercream. Pictured above: Raspberry, Orange, Lemon, Vanilla, Mocha and Chocolate. Flavors change with the season.

Chocolate Bouchon and a Chocolate Chip Cookie (foodie favs!)
A small, moist chocolate brownie-like treat named for its resemblance of a cork.
Keller's famous chocolate chip cookie made from the finest chocolate and baked to perfection.

Things to know:
  • Bouchon Bakery serves up many selections from salads & sandwiches to breads, chocolates and pastries (scones, muffins, croissants, danishes, tarts, cookies, etc.)
  • Your pets can also indulge with a selection of pet treats. The treats are enriched with foie gras, chicken stock and diced bacon. Wow! Talk about 'haute-pet treats'.
  • Plan ahead and expect long lines. Service is quick but you should already know what to order once you're inside.
  • Foodie Favs: TKO, Chocolate Bouchon, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Caramel Macarons.
  • One of the few places I've seen that serves gigantic macarons.
  • Prices somewhat pricy. Expect to pay over $20 if purchasing multiple items.
  • Some of the Bouchon breads can be purchased at Dean & Deluca, particularly the Epi Baguette and brioche.
  • Can't make it out to Yountville, a Bouchon Bakery is located at the Venetian Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. It's hidden. Look behind the escalators adjacent to the hotel's theater entrance.
Bouchon Bakery - Yountville
6528 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599


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