Mon Petit Cheri: The Tour

Forget that it's in hip, crunchy granola Seward. Mon Petit Cheri could just as easily exist in Oakdale, Lindstrom, or Lake Wobegon. The place is proudly, unabashedly country kitchen. The majority of the bakery case comprises quick breads: caramel rolls, chocolate banana bread, brioche, cookies, pies, cakes, and cupcakes. Breakfasts are big, golden nuggets of scrambled eggs paired with simple roasted potatoes and a side of breakfast meat, or the kind of egg sandwich that would be ample fuel for a New Yorker on the run: no frills, egg your way, on homemade bread with your choice of cheese and meat. It's not necessarily the sort of masterful pastry or kitchen work that would inspire an extra early wake-up time, or standing in a long line in hopes that they don't sell out of that one thing, but instead the sort of good-enough competency you need when waking up in the morning. The classic neighborhood bakery. PHOTOS BY TONY NELSON

Mon Petit Cheri
2401 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis