The Salty Tart
Chef Michelle Gayer is a James Beard Award nominee many times over, including being a 2017 semifinalist for “Outstanding Baker.” Open since 2008, Gayer and her team at The Salty Tart make everything from scratch everyday—from pastry cream-filled brioche to flaky layered croissants and buttercream-topped cupcakes to banana cream pies. Her macaroons are justifiably famous—they’re better than my grandmother’s and that speaks for itself. I’m not much of a baker, so I rely on Salty Tart’s incredible custom cakes for special occasions… I’ll admit, I spoil my son on his birthday every year with their to-die-for chocolate mousse cake.
Originally located in Minneapolis’ Midtown Global Market, Gayer has decided to focus solely on the St. Paul location, so you’ll have to cross the river for her incredible confections. In addition to pastries, the Lowertown shop has added breakfast, lunch and coffee!
289 East 5th Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
Photographs courtesy of The Salty Tart.