The Dining Dish blog is Dara Bunjon's take on anything food, both national and in her hometown of Baltimore. Warning: this food blog can be harmful to your waistline.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Croustille Café authentic French bakery opening in Pikesville

If all goes well with construction, permits, inspections, etc., Croustille Café is scheduled to open in the Pikesville Shopping Center by year’s end.  The 3,800 square foot authentic French bakery will be occupying a portion of the former space held by Rite Aid.  The shopping center is located on Pikesville’s main thoroughfare, Reisterstown Road. 

Paris, France is where baker/owner Moshe Mimoun mastered his craft and is bringing his in-house freshly baked breads (can you say baguettes?), Danish, fruit-filled brioche, turnovers, strudel, biscotti, madeleines, tarts and French-styled cookies to his café.  Personally, I’m looking forward to his Gaufres waffles -Flemish waffles, or Gaufres à la Flamande, which are a specialty of northern France and portions of western Belgium. 

The café portion of Croustille will serve breakfast and lunch with a focus on bagels, custom-made salads, sandwiches and in-house made ice cream.

“That section of Reisterstown Road is extremely pedestrian friendly with many businesses and residents located within walking distance, and we envision our bakery and café becoming a central gathering spot for both local residents and businesspeople,” explained Mimoun. “To facilitate lingering, a section of the bakery and café will contain a lounge area to encourage groups of people to gather, socialize and conduct business. There will be booths and also high-top tables to address the needs of different audiences. We believe young people in particular will gravitate to our environment.” 
Mimoun and his family operated several bakeries and supermarkets in France and he intends to instill these traditional cooking and baking principles in this new concept. 

Croustille in French translates to “crunchy” – did I mention real French baguettes, sure I did, but it is worth mentioning again.   

Bienvenue Croustille Café

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