Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A bakery hit on Broadway September 5, 2014

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Bloedow's Bakery is located at 451 E. Broadway St. in Winona.

Bloedow’s Bakery is located at 451 E. Broadway St. in Winona.

I’VE HEARD REPEATEDLY just how fantastic the baked goods are from Bloedow’s Little Bake Shop on Broadway in Winona. But not until recently was I able to taste test and judge for myself.

I know what you're thinking, bacon on a pastry. But paired with maple icing, it works. This is one of Bloedow's most popular offerings.

I know what you’re thinking, bacon on a pastry. But paired with maple icing, it works. The maple long john is Bloedow’s top seller.

Everyone who has ever recommended Bloedow’s to me through the years is 100 percent correct. The bacon-topped, maple-iced long john and peanut butter and jelly filled bismarck my husband purchased were, by far, the best bakery sweet treats I’ve ever devoured. Well, we shared.

Some of the choices.

Some of the choices inside old-fashioned display cases.

I expect anything I would have tried from Bloedow’s would have rated five-star superior.

For me, it is the tenderness of the pastries that sets these apart from those made at other bakeries. You know what I mean, right? Sometimes long johns, doughnuts and such can be dry and tough. Not here. These are almost melt in your mouth tender.

This is one old-fashioned cozy bakery.

This is one old-fashioned cozy bakery.

You’ll bite into baked goods created from a family recipe that has been around since Ernest and Mary Bloedow opened their bakery in 1924. If you’ve got a good thing going, why change it? Hugh and Mary Polus now own the bakery.

On weekends a line often winds around the sidewalk at this corner bakery. I’m not surprised. These pastries are worth the wait. They are that good.

© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


19 Responses to “A bakery hit on Broadway”

  1. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:


  2. Beth Ann Says:

    I want one of the smiley face cookies, please. 🙂

    • Oh, yes, that would be perfect for you. Did you keep that smiley face ball (was that what it was?) that Randy found for you?

      My eldest also likes smiley face cookies, since she remembers kids bringing them from the local birthday to school as birthday treats. That bakery has since closed and a chain grocer offers them. But they don’t taste the same.

  3. treadlemusic Says:

    Sigh…….words just canNOT describe the heavenly pastries that come from that place!!!! The maple long-Johns are “to die for”!!!! The date filled cookies are just like my grandma’s recipe….yum! AND, this place has the unique distinction of causing the closure of the area’s Krispy Kreme donut shop a few years back. Yup, Bloedows is that good!!!!

  4. randy Says:

    No pastries at work today…do they deliver?

  5. I think I’d be up for a pastry road trip one of these days.

  6. ryanware Says:

    …so every week, my company has bagel Friday. It’s actually bagels, spreads and pastries and fruit. We have close to 1000 employees in our building, so it’s a big deal. The company spends a lot each week to provide that. I’m sure Bruegger’s and whatever bakery we use consider us good customers.

    Anyway, one week the bakery got an order for a handful of the bacon maple long fellows. They messed up and brought 4 dozen. There were quite a few left over. I think most folks were gun shy at first glance. The few I talked to that tried them liked them. I stuck with my standard bagel with Jalapeño cream cheese.

    • That is a lot to spend each week on baked goods. My goodness. I bet your company is considered a real good customer.

      I say live a little and try those maple long johns topped with bacon. They are excellent. Two summers ago I tried a bacon maple sundae and loved that, too.

  7. Jackie Says:

    Rick and I always stop here when ever we are in Winona… Amazing baked goods for sure. 🙂

  8. Dan Traun Says:

    I concur 100%. I have frequented this establishment numerous times when I stay in Winona with friends.

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