Toni’s Country Kitchen

Bakery | Small Town Café
Memorable
One of the best
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Toni’s is a few blocks off U.S. 41, the main road leading up through the Keweenaw Peninsula. We likely never would have found it if an enthusiast we met down in Houghton hadn’t told us that we needed to detour there for the nisu and saffron breads. Those loaves, which are made by many Finnish bakeries in northernmost Michigan, were just a few of the wondrous eats to be had at Toni’s.

Sticky buns, for example. We smelled them the moment we walked in the front door. Three big round loaves of pull-apart buns were set upon the glass bakery case to cool. Each roll severed from the motherloaf was modest-sized but big-flavored. Just inside the front door, to the left, we peeked into the semi-open kitchen, where bakers were rolling dough on a floured table and another woman was plowing forearm-deep to hand-mix a big pan full of ingredients destined to be the filling of pasties. Toni’s pasties are exemplary, light and elegant yet profoundly beefy.

It was late fall when we stopped in. The modest, one-room cafe was buzzing with conversations among locals who were reminiscing about the summer and anticipating the snows to come. When we ordered pasties, the waitress beamed with pride and exclaimed, “The best, ever!” We left with bags full of oven-warm molasses cookies to munch as we drove.

Note: Toni’s closes just before Christmas and reopens at the end of January.

What to Eat
Toni’s Country Kitchen, Pasty
Pasty
Must-Try
Rugged ground beef, potatoes, onions, and rutabagas make this one-pound pasty a very satisfying meal.
Toni’s Country Kitchen, Sticky Bun
Sticky Bun
Must-Try
Not the biggest sticky bun in the Upper Peninsula, but in my experience, the best
Molasses Cookies
Directions and Hours
Open Today
SundayCLOSED
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday7 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday7 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday7 am - 5:30 pm
Friday7 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday7 am - 5 pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 5 hr 25 min total driving
7 stops | 2 hr 29 min total driving
Information
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No

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