Wood-fired Delights

Huron Mountain Bakery’s Ishpeming menu includes pizzas, gourmet salads, soup specials

A sausage and pepper pizza is one of the many creations customers can find at the Huron Mountain Bakery’s Ishpeming location. Below, lemon chicken soup with quinoa, left and roasted tomatoes and artichoke soup are some of the bakery’s recent additions to its menu. At bottom, is the wood-fired pizza oven. (Journal photos by Jaymie Depew)

MARQUETTE — The cozy ambiance of Huron Mountain Bakery’s Ishpeming store is undoubtedly one of its many attributes. However, a wood-fired brick oven with a shimmering copper hood is what really seals the deal, says store manager Rachel Freeman.

Huron Mountain Bakery is commonly known for its variety of speciality breads, mouthwatering sweets, originative cake decorating and a large selection of other baked goods including bagels, muffins, donuts and pastries. However, over the years the bakery has received special recognition at its Ishpeming location for the congenial wood-fired brick oven pizzas.

Before opening the new storefront in Ishpeming almost four years ago, owner John Scheidt knew he wanted to bring something different to table.

“John and I were in Chicago for work and were eating at some little hole-in-the-wall restaurant that had these delicious wood-fired brick oven pizzas,” general manager Ben Hayes said. “John wanted to bring something special to the Ishpeming store, something that couldn’t be purchased at our Marquette location — so we did.”

Currently, the Ishpeming store has eight different pizzas available. According to Freeman, the most popular pizzas are the margherita pizza and the sausage and pepper pizza.

Others currently featured at the store include chicken Alfredo, roasted veggie, southwest chicken, BLT, Greek and four meat. Customers can also build their own. All pizzas are 14 inches and feed three to four people.

“We buy applewood bacon and cudighi for our pizzas from Smokehouse Glenn’s, which is just down the road. We have several different sauces, too — there’s a lot of options,” Freeman said as she prepared a margherita pizza. “I don’t really care for pizza, but I eat ours.”

Along with offering made-to-order gourmet salads, breakfast sandwiches, espresso drinks and an array of specialty items, both Marquette and Ishpeming stores recently started offering two soup options everyday.

“We’ve been experimenting and trying to get a feel for what customers enjoy so we know what ones to keep making,” Freeman said. “Every day we have one vegetarian option and one with meat.”

Throughout November, the soup menu includes a white bean and kale soup, which is a gluten-free and vegetarian option, as well as a chicken meatball minestrone with tubetti pasta; both served every Monday. Tuesdays entail a Hungarian cauliflower soup and an Italian beef soup with tubetti pasta as the second choice. Roasted tomatoes and artichoke, as well as a lemon chicken soup with quinoa are served Wednesdays. On Thursdays, there will be a West African sweet potato soup with brown rice and toasted peanuts available, as well as a sausage and cheese tortellini soup. Fridays offer a coconut black bean and salsa soup, as well as clam chowder. On Saturday, customers can try a vegetarian chili with sour cream and cheddar cheese, which is gluten free, as well as a beef chili that also includes sour cream and cheddar cheese.

Soups on Sundays will be decided by the chef.

On Wednesday, the bakery’s Ishpeming location is participating in the Ishpeming’s Ladies Night by offering pizza specials, spinach dip, pumpkin cheese cake, complimentary wine and a bunch of samples.

Freeman said women will also be able to enter a drawing for a $25 gift card, a gift certificate for a free cake from Joe’s Cakes and one free pizza every month for a year.

“There will be wine,” she said smiling.

Huron Mountain Bakery’s Ishpeming store hours of operation are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Sunday.

For more information regarding the bakery’s product or history, visit huronmountainbakery.com.

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is jdepew@miningjournal.net.