College Eats: Old Grist Mill Bread Co.
When most people think of college towns they think of fast food places, dive bars, and the ever ubiquitous “cafes” that only serve stuff like all natural and sustainable alfalfa sprout wraps. And while Logan, Utah may be home to more than its fair share of fast food establishments and burger joints (although I’m not so sure about the cafe part) we here in the upper reaches of the Beehive State have some awesome bakeries as well. This is good news for me, as I’m often in a hurry for something quick and cheap but not overly destructive to my health. The perfect food for such an endeavour? The bagel, of course.
I haven’t been living in Logan for very long but already I’ve found my go-to place for great bagels and breads that won’t break your checking account — heck, they’ll hardly make a dent in your “change found on the sidewalk” collection to be perfectly honest. I’m talking about The Old Grist Mill Bread Company, a Logan institution that has been serving up breads, bagels, and sandwiches to nearby Utah State University students for years.
Like another one of my favorite bread companies (Great Harvest, which coincidentally also has an outstanding franchise in Logan), Old Grist Mill is one of those places which gets you with the free samples. These aren’t just any free samples however, these are monster, 2-3 serving size slices of fresh, warm, and amazingly delicious baked bread. Even on a busy day in which they were overloaded with sandwich orders, the girl behind the counter was more than happy to cut me a huge slice of multi-grain bread, which I eagerly chowed down for a mid-morning snack. The bread was amazing. Not overly sweet like many multi-grain breads, it had a great hearth baked texture on the outside while still possessing a soft and moist inside. ‘Nutty’ of course comes to mind when describing its flavor, but is was a good deal more complex and “old worldly” than other multi-grain breads one frequently comes across. I got my super huge slice for free, but these breads retail at around $3.50 per loaf, about a dollar to two dollars cheaper than what you would usually find at Great Harvest.
Now, let’s go to the bagels. I happen to get an Einstein’s Coffee on weekend mornings at a location right across the street from Old Grist Mill, but from now on I plan on grabbing my bagel at the bakery before making my way to my favorite coffee establishment. At only 63 cents (and that’s after taxes) these are the cheapest bakery-quality bagels I’ve ever had, and next to Wegmans, perhaps the BEST bagels anywhere outside of the Big Apple. They have a great selection of flavors that includes all the classic savory and sweet flavors, as well as some expanded flavors like Sunflower Wheat and my personal favorite, Cranberry Wheat.
This is a phenomenal bagel. It has an almost scone-like quality in it’s crust, and a wheaty yet buttery interior that seems halfway between a quick-bread and a traditional bagel. The dough itself isn’t terribly sweet, but the cranberry pieces are plentiful and bursting with flavor. I can’t think of a better way to start the day!
Old Grist Mill Bread Co.
78 E 400 N
Logan, UT 84321-4021