Friday, January 14, 2011

#104: Dainty Maid Bake Shop

I've previously written about how much I love Cambodian Thai, and so it was with some measure of guilt that I recently realized that I had never visited its immediate next-door neighbor, the Dainty Maid Bake Shop. In light of this realization, I stopped in a couple of days ago and found, as I should have expected, an incredibly vast array of all kinds of baked goods. I stood for several minutes in front of the glass cases filled with cookies, cakes, and other pastries, unable to make a decision. After finally settling on a snickerdoodle (out of sheer desperation); the only real decision I made was that I would have to come back.

The inside of the shop is pretty small but they do have several small tables by the window which I imagine would be a great place to catch-up with a friend on some wintry South Bend afternoon. In addition to the baked goods on display, Dainty Maid is also pretty well-known in the community for the speciality cakes including wedding cakes.

Where: 231 South Michigan Street
When: 6am-4pm, Mon-Sat

For more information about Dainty Maid, visit their website here.

Fun Fact #1: The Dainty Maid Bake Shop has been in existence since 1928.

Fun Fact #2: While I was there they were offering a pretty great sale on tea cookies. After purchasing a dozen of the small cookies for around $5, you could purchase a 2nd dozen for only 25 cents!


  1. Another great bakery is West End Bakery in Mishawaka.

  2. You also need to check them out on Mardi Gras, aka "Paczki Day"; they are FAMOUS for the Polish-originated treat (also popular in the Detroit area, apparently):

  3. The doughnuts are amazing! Buying a dozen will be a bit more expensive than it might be from a grocery store but they're worth it!

  4. I'm sorry but Dainty Maid Bakery is similar to
    what the supermarket has to offer. Regarding
    Paczki. I am very familar with Paczki since I
    am Polish and go to Chicago, which by the way
    has as many Polish residents as Warsaw. You
    can find better Paczki at the Farmers Markets
    Polish bakery booth (not exactly as you would
    find in a Chicago bakery but pretty close.
    By the way, Paczki are always available in a
    Chicago bakery all year long.