Sunday, September 9, 2012

Best Freeway Bakery Stop: The Clearwater Travel Plaza

If you are heading west out of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota) on Interstate 94, make a stop at the Clearwater Travel Plaza. While it may look like just another overgrown highway gas station/C-store/bad cafe, it is not.
 Some of the best bakery treats to be found anywhere are waiting right here - if you can beat the locals to them. (This is a real pastry shop with a local clientele as well as travelers passing through.)  
I don't think there is a local cafe around that can top the goodies you can find here at the Nelson Brothers restaurant and bakery.

If you need a recommendation, I have a special fondness for the peach muffins. . . and the blueberry turnovers. . . and. . .

The Clearwater Travel Plaza is about one hour west of the Twin Cities at the exit for Minnesota Highway 24, in the northeast quadrant of the interchange. Besides the bakery, there is a full service, restaurant, large convenience store, and a gas station and truck stop.

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