Monday, April 1, 2013

Food Photo Essay: Companion Early Bird Outlet

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The Companion Early Bird Outlet (4555 Gustine Avenue; 314-352-4770) is hidden away in an industrial stretch of south city. Once upon a time, this showroom attached to the bakery's HQ and its deep, deep discounts may have been one of St. Louis' best-kept secrets -- but no more. Nowadays crowds turn out for its weekends-only bread-fest, which commences promptly at 7 a.m. and lasts until noon, Friday through Sunday. Greenhorns be warned: Come later in the morning and you'll miss the good stuff. Come early and you may have to wait in line, but you'll leave with a full bag in your arms and a smile on your face.

Crystal Rolfe
  • Crystal Rolfe

Click through for more of Crystal Rolfe's photos of the weekend food fracas that is Companion's Early Bird Outlet...

Crystal Rolfe
  • Crystal Rolfe

The French call this simple white loaf pain de Beaucaire, for the city on the Rhône where it has been a staple since the 15th century. It's a staple at Companion, too.

Crystal Rolfe
  • Crystal Rolfe

Bins of fresh bagels and rolls greet you when you walk in...

Crystal Rolfe
  • Crystal Rolfe

...But it wasn't the rolls that lured you here on a weekend morning. 'Twas the cinnamon buns!

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