I had heard that Josef’s Vienna Bakery had opened a second location but did not realize that it is in the European Food Emporium on South Virginia until friends recently invited me to meet them there for coffee and pastries. The European Food Emporium is the same site as the old Butcher Boy’s Meats. The European Food Emporium ( also known as “The Market on S. Virginia) contains a meat and deli counter, Josef’s Bakery, a small cafe that serves breakfast and lunch, a small produce section and a wine shop, hoping you will make it your destination when shopping for food and wine.
We placed our order at the bakery counter and took a seat at one of the many tables in the center floor of the store. I had ordered the mini-Strawberry Cheesecake, my friend ordered the mini-German Chocolate Cake and her husband orderd the mini-Chocolate Mousse Cake. It took quite a bit of time for our coffee as well as our mini cakes to appear. I’m not sure what took so long and when the same girl who was behind the counter delivered it to our table (we were the only people sitting down, the rest of the people in the store seemed to be shopping), she offered no comment on our long wait.
We each took a bit of the other’s dessert so we could try them all. I found my cheesecake to be somewhat dry, if you can say that about a cheesecake. The German Chocolate Cake did not have a lot of taste according to my friend. The only person who really liked their dessert was my friend’s husband, who ordered the Chocolate Mousse Cake (he does like his chocolate!). My friend and I both admitted his dessert had a very strong chocolate flavor. And even though we ordered the mini cakes, we still took at least half of it home to eat later.
I like to encourage people to eat local as well as buy local and I would encourage you to give “The Market on S Virginia” a try. Keep in mind though that it is not inexpensive. The mini German Chocolate Cake was $5.75, the Chocolate Mousse Cake was $5.25 and the mini Strawberry Cheesecake was $8.50. A cup of coffee was $2.25 and one Chai tea was $4.09. Coffee and dessert for three came to $30.26.
As a “dessert girl” and a baker, I was somewhat dissappointed. But then again, I have been in Reno for many years and remember when Josef was still alive and baking wonderful pastries at his cafe on Moana Lane. “The Market” is still worth a stop and a look see. If you have breakfast or lunch there, let me know how you like it.
Bon Appetit, Reno!