Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 11:47 pm
Welcome Home: Queen of Tarts
It has been a long time coming, but Queen of Tarts has finally opened, just a stone’s throw away from her summer home at the City Market!
Queen of Tarts
It was announced back in September 2010 that Linda Kearney would be opening a permanent storefront on 104 Street in the historic Armstrong building, with an anticipated opening date of November. Construction delays pushed that back four months, but after visiting the shop today, I think it was well worth the wait!
In October, Mack and I popped our heads inside the still bare room, where Linda was kind enough to receive us. This was the space before renovations:
This is the space after:
Isn’t it gorgeous?
It feels bright and airy and just the sort of place that can help you escape from Edmonton – even if just for a moment.
They similarly did a lot of work to create a cozy dining space that takes advantage of the room’s lone window. Before:
The cases were filled to the brim with delectable treats. Among them – pear frangipane tarts, flourless chocolate cakes and brownies, and their signature lemon and lime curd tarts. They even had take-home containers of their ganache-based twist on a chocolate hazelnut spread!
The shelves behind the cases were stacked with fresh bread (most still warm out of the oven). Those who had the chance to visit the Alberta Avenue Farmers’ Market received a preview of some of the levain breads, but now, patrons will be able to buy her breads almost daily (though I love dessert, I’m most thrilled about the fact that we now have access to a great artisan bakery across the street)!
La Fourchette silverware
Queen of Tarts also serves lunch, including soups, salads and quiche. Check out the day’s menu here.
The shop may also become a go-to spot for those looking to pick up small gifts. Besides Mighty Trio Organics oils and Jam Lady spreads, Queen of Tarts also sells packages of biscotti, granola, and their popular cheddar shorties, among other things.
Cheddar shorties and chocolate biscotti
With Credo across the way, Transcend about to open up down the street, and now, the Queen of Tarts on the Promenade, 104 Street and Jasper Avenue is now the go-to place for a coffee break (I even ran into Cathy inside the shop – she wrote about her visit here).
I look forward to more trips down the stairs to feed our bread (and sweets) fix!
Queen of Tarts Bakery & Bistro
10129 104 Street
Tuesday-Wednesday 9-6pm, Thursday-Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday 8:30am-6pm, closed Sunday & Monday