Bagatelle Bakery- Wichita KS

27 Oct

One of Wichita’s dining/food weaknesses is the local bakery scene. There are only a handful of places that offer fresh baked delights and one of those is Bagatelle. Located on Harry just east of Woodlawn, Bagatelle has been turning out breads and pastries for a number of years as well as serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

After just one visit to this bakery/restaurant I am ready give it the award for “Most Eclectic Menu in Wichita” or “Most Likely Restaurant to serve Mexican, Lebanese, and French foods on the same day”.  Those are two categories that must be added to the Reader’s Choice Awards next year. We apparently visited on Mexican day, because the special was enchiladas, which complemented the quiches, soups, hummus, and ham sandwiches rather nicely. A bit taken back by the presence of enchiladas at a bakery I fell back on my old trusty friend, the ham and cheese croissant. I also got a cup of black bean soup for my side. Steph decided to go simple as well and ordered a turkey croissant with a side of hummus. Making our way to the decent sized seating area, we found a basket full of pita chips and well as some tasty ciabatta bread that was being offered to all customers. It looked like if we had gotten there earlier, there would have been some cake for dessert on the freebie table.

We enjoyed our generous bowl of hummus and as well as the cup of black bean soup and some ciabatta bread while waiting for the sandwiches to come out. The sandwiches eventually came out served with a simple pickle. Both the turkey and the ham sandwich came out the same with ample amounts of meat, several slices of cheese, and served on what was a very good croissant. Some people might have been taken aback by the lack of other ingredients, but it just reminded me of the way they serve sandwiches in France. When you have quality ingredients you don’t need a bunch of sauce and vegetables to get in the way.  Now I’m not saying the croissants at Bagatelle are as good as in Paris, but they are some of the better ones I have had stateside. We left Bagatelle full and satisfied with our experience. Steph was so full from lunch she actually passed up on some of the wonderful looking pastries behind the counter.

As far as the bread and pastry products go at Bagatelle, they had croissants, ciabatta bread, baguettes, and a wide variety other assorted pastries. If their baked goods menu is anything like the lunch and dinner menu I can only assume that it is rather dynamic and changes day-to-day. Similar to N and J’s, Bagatelle also offers bags of pita chips, cheeses, and seasonings. To sum it all up, Bagatelle offers a random assortment of good food, breads, and pastries at reasonable prices and they can even make you a wedding cake.

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4 Responses to “Bagatelle Bakery- Wichita KS”

  1. Sherry November 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    Just found your blog the other night and read through every post — keep it up!!

    • chainfreeeating November 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

      Thank you! Please pass us on to anyone else who might enjoy it. Also, let us know if there is a place you would like us to try.

  2. Veronica November 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    Bagatelle is a recent discovery of mine also! I’ve seen it for years but never went in until last month. Their Middle Eastern foods are very good. I love the chicken shawarma sandwich and their tabouli is the best I’ve found in Wichita so far. There is a new place on Douglas downtown called The Holy Land that has incredible Middle Eastern fare, but Bagatelle has their tabouli beat. As for their desserts, I have been pretty unimpressed and would be scared to order a cake from them. Most people like their baklava (I think N&J’s is better) but that is the only thing they don’t make in house-they buy it! lol Their cake rolls are good, but I was grossed out by the canolli & eclair fillings. I will have to try their croissants-they are a weakness of mine. :)

  3. Summer April 25, 2013 at 1:36 am #

    This bakery did our wedding cake about 15 years ago. It was some sort of Liquor soaked bliss with strawberries and real cream. It was worth every penny. I think people get used to grocery store sweets and don’t have an immediate pallet for French pastries with real ingredients. I love this place, the food is great, odd location, but better than the one before. Nice owners and yummy cakes.

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