Cuisine: American, Bakery, Breakfast,
Restaurant Features: Bakery, Counter Service
Locations: Bloomington, Little Canada and North Oaks
Addresses & Maps:
Bloomington- 401 West 98th Street Bloomington, MN 55420 (952) 358-7490
Little Canada- 2900 Rice Street Little Canada, MN 55113 (651) 482-8876
North Oaks- 845 Village Center Drive North Oaks, MN 55127 (651) 482-8285
Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-8pm (LC until 7pm) * Sun 7am-4pm
Links: Taste of Scandinavia Website * Taste of Scandinavia on Facebook
Atmosphere: Located at the end of a strip mall, the Little Canada location of Taste of Scandinavia offers counter service, so you will immediately see the bakery case and front counter upon entering.
The Little Canada location has a dining area tucked back in a windowless space with several wooden tables.
Menu: Cookies and Bars include Raspberry Lemonade, Scoop Cookies, Butter Pecan Sandwich, Ginger Heart Cookies, Lemon Zest Cookie, Norwegian Almond Kringler, Raspberry Sandwich Cookie, and Rugelach.
Pastries include Danish, Finnish Munkki, Pulla Roll, Cinnamon Pulla Roll, Ring Coffee Cake, and Blueberry Muffin.
Cheesecakes include Fresh Fruit, Lingonberry, Raspberry and Turtle.
Pies and Tarts include Caramel Apple Tart, Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, and Pumpkin Pie.
Cakes and Tortes include Black Forest Torte, Carrot Cake, Celebrate Cake, Chocolate Heart Cake, Chocolate Raspberry Torte, Chocolate Symphony Torte, Creme de Menthe Torte, English Lemon Torte, Finlandia Torte, Italian Chocolate Almond, Kransekake, Mocha Toffee Torte, Princess Torte, Pumpkin Torte, Romanian Mocha Torte, Scandinavian Chocolate Torte, Soile’s Sinful Chocolate Cake, Tiramisu, Tri-Chocolate Torte, Turtle Torte, Austrian Walnut Torte, and Bailey’s Irish Cream Torte.
Rolls include Croissant, Norwegian Milk Dinner Rolls, and Spinach Parmesan Dinner Rolls.
Specialty breads include Apple Walnut, Asiago, Baguette, Cottage, Cranberry Nut Sour Dough, Finnish Sour Dough Rye, German Rye, Health Wheat, Honey Wheat, Multi-Grain, Onion Dill, Pumpernickel Rye, Sour Dough, Spinach Parmesan, Sun Dried Tomato Basil, Swedish Limpa, Swedish Rye, Vienna.
Breakfast items include a Norwegian Lefse with Ham & Eggs, Classic Breakfast, Breakfast Croissant, Finnish Breakfast Pasty, Three Egg Omelette, Swedish Farmer’s Omelette, Pulla French Toast, Sweet Scandinavian Lefse, Swedish Pancakes, Fresh Fruit Crepe, Swedish Pyttipanna, and Yogurt Parfait.
Salads offered include House Salad, Garden, Caesar, Chef and Greek Salad.
Sandwich options include Grilled Cheese and Deluxe Deli Sandwich (Choice of ham, turkey, roast beef or veggie).
Hot Meals include Finnish Pasties, Italian Pie, Taco Pie, Pot Roast, Grandma’s Meatloaf, Smothered Pot Roast or Meatloaf, Shepherd’s Pie, Reuben, Danish Salmon Sandwich, Hot Beef BBQ Sandwich, Open Face Swedish Roasted Pepper Chicken Sandwich, Lasagna, Crab Cakes, Swedish Meatballs, Spinach Pie, and Gyros.
Price guide: Breakfast $4-8 Salads $7-9 Sandwiches $5-7 Hot Entrees $7-9
What we ordered: I ordered the Open Face Swedish Roast Pepper Chicken Sandwich. That is a mouthful to say and certainly more than a mouthful to eat. As the name implies, this was a sandwich that was served open-faced atop two slices of tomato basil bread. Diced grilled chicken, red onions, spinach, lightly sauteed mushrooms, and shredded asiago cheese. I thought this sandwich was pretty good; all of the flavors blended nicely but the asiago cheese with the roasted peppers are what really stand out. The stronger flavor of the cheese makes up for the milder tastes of the chicken, spinach and mushrooms. The peppers were very good, but the onions could have been more caramelized.
One of my companions ordered the Shepherd’s Pie, which is similar to a pot pie but has a mound of mashed potatoes on top instead of a crust and is then covered with gravy. The pie crust was light and flaky and the beef, pea and carrot filling in savory beef gravy was very tasty. I wasn’t as big of a fan of the mashed potato; it had a strange consistency that was sort of potato dumpling-like. Quite possibly because it had been pre-made several hours before we ordered it? Either way, I enjoyed more than a couple bites.
Another companion ordered the Chef Salad, which was a large bed of mixed greens topped with hard boiled egg, red onion, tomato, cucumber, and rolled up slices of deli turkey and ham, ordered sans cheese.
I also bought a couple of cookies to take home. The chocolate chunk cookie was delicious; it was quite large yet it was still somewhat soft and had a generous amount of chocolate chunks.
I also tried the Hawaiian Cookie, with coconut and macademia nuts as well as a few white chocolate chips. I loved it! The coconut was very finely shredded and there was a lot of it, giving the cookie a chewy texture, which I loved. The macademia nuts were chopped into fine pieces but still gave it a nice crunch.
Service: We perused the giant menu hanging on the wall behind the counter while we waited in line. We efficiently placed our order and found a table. The food was delivered about ten minutes after we ordered it.
Overall Impression: Taste of Scandinavia has a wonderful selection of baked items but is also a good place to have lunch or an early dinner.
This is an original review of Taste of Scandinavia on Twin Cities Restaurant Blog