Forget Starbucks and its wannabe Parisian La Boulange pastry case.
Charlotte Chef Jim Noble’s uptown non-profit restaurant, The King’s Kitchen, is serving up a fresh bakery experience you need to try now at its new “European Grab-n-Go.”
The concept is simple: Walk in, order at the counter, and walk out with fresh pastries and coffee. But this isn’t your typical on-the-go breakfast stop—unless you happen to live in Paris. (If you do live in Paris, stop reading this and go order some croissants to ship to me. I like the ones filled with chocolate.)
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The pastries at The King’s Kitchen are all created by hand next door in The King’s Bakery, which is led by Pastry Chef Mike Pappas, a Johnson and Wales grad who was featured in the book “Bread Revolution.” And Pappas’ attention to detail is evident in the taste.
Order the Croissant Monsieur, a twist on the traditional Croque Monsieur made with savory ham and cheese stuffed inside a buttery perfectly baked croissant. It’s just as delicious — and decadent — as it sounds.
The bakery is open Monday through Friday mornings and afternoons.
Photo: Sarah Crosland