Astoria Pastry Shop
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541 Monroe St. Detroit Michigan
  • But, the buildings are run down and the streets are littered with junk, and I think that's what gives me the over-all impression of a bad neighborhood
  • We waited in line for a good ten minutes, but it also gave us ample opportunity to survey all the goodies in the windows and underneath the heat lamps, and the food just looked and smelled delicious right when you walked in
  • We'd just had dinner and were looking for a good dessert, and this place just seemed like it would hit the spot with a problem
  • Of course, you're also paying for the quality, and it's definitely worth what we paid for it
  • It was really tasty, decent prices, and they were all courteous and eager to help and recommend options to you if you're new to the world of pastries


    • by Anasuya
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      I’m a total sucker for baked goods. I live in the New Baltimore/ Chesterfield area, and we don’t really have specialty restaurants or shops that sell baked goods fresh from the oven. At least… none that are worth visiting more than once. So I actually drove to Detroit, a good 40 minutes away, just to try out this place and see what all the hype was about. My husband and I usually make a point to visit a new restaurant every week anyway as part of our date night, so it wasn’t a stretch for us to try this one, and it was actually outside of the norm. We knew we weren’t going to be sitting down and have an Italian or Mexican feast, so we kind of planned to go in the middle of the afternoon.

      As with anything in Detroit, it’s not a great neighborhood, and it’s incovenient to park (and park safely), but … I hate to say it… we don’t have a car worth stealing anyway, so I wasn’t too worried about it. We certainly weren’t accosted or anything on the way to this pastry shop,


      and actually, I’d have to say the people in the neighborhood were all very nice to us. Too many misconceptions about Detroit. But, the buildings are run down and the streets are littered with junk, and I think that’s what gives me the over-all impression of a bad neighborhood. Just keep in mind the people were actually friendly, and you’ll be fine. It’s in Greektown Casino, so you can actually park your car in the Greektown parking garage and walk to the shop, which is what we ended up doing.

      The appearance of the shop wasn’t anything to shout about. It was pretty basic, and very crowded when we went. We waited in line for a good ten minutes, but it also gave us ample opportunity to survey all the goodies in the windows and underneath the heat lamps, and the food just looked and smelled delicious right when you walked in. We’d just had dinner and were looking for a good dessert, and this place just seemed like it would hit the spot with a problem. And, this is one of those instances in which the restaurant lets the ...


      • food do the talking and doesn’t fall into the trap of decorations and ambiance. For the most part, you’re not all that likely to eat it there anyway. Sure, there are a few tables and chairs, but for the most part, everyone was buying it to go, which is what we ended up doing. It was too busy to sit there, and too crowded to enjoy our food if we had.

        My husband had a cannoli and I had the baklava, and we ended up sharing ours with each other, and they were both fantastic. Maybe not 5 star rating, but far better than anything you’d ever find at a bakery department in a grocery store, or even a little donut shop. The crust was flaky and the cream just melted in my mouth, on both counts. The cannoli was a little sweet for my tastes, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t order a dozen more in the future! The prices were fair, but again… more than you’d pay in a grocery store for baked goods. Of course, you’re also paying for the quality, and it’s definitely worth what we

        paid for it.

        The wait staff was very friendly and they were certainly enough people working there that they were covering everyone as quickly as possible. We still had to wait in line a while, but having more employees there would’ve just slowed the process down, because they’res only so much they can all be doing in such a tiny space! You have to ask for napkins, which I thought was wierd, because they had plastic forks and spoons out for the taking, but we took ours home with us anyway, so I don’t guess it really matters. I’m not sure I’d make another 40 minute drive out there, but we’d just had dinner in Greektown anyway, and made a night of it, so it was convenient for us at the time. I’d definitely suggest that if you’re in the area you should try it out. It was really tasty, decent prices, and they were all courteous and eager to help and recommend options to you if you’re new to the world of pastries. They have basic cookies and cupcakes too, but I definitely wanted to try their pastries specifically. Very good.




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