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Blue Duck Cafe and Bakery: So Delicious!

I met Karmen & Chris Rayburn, the owners of the Blue Duck Cafe and Bakery,  for the first time in April, at the BBQ Festival downtown. However, it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that I finally got to try some of their delicious food. And now, I am hooked. There are few restaurants here where I would order a salad, and Blue Duck definitely manages to satisfy my European taste. Not to mention their incredibly yummy desserts… Read the interview below, and check them out for yourself! 

With its convenient location, Blue Duck Cafe and Bakery caters to the lunch crowd and does it well.

With its convenient location, Blue Duck Cafe and Bakery caters to the lunch crowd and does it well – it is always crowded every time I go there.

How long have you been in business? We bought the cafe in August 2010.  It was an existing business called Gourmet Cafe. In May 2011 we wanted to make the cafe our own and we changed the name to Blue Duck Cafe and Bakery.

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Karmen and Chris, the owners of the Blue Duck, have been growing the business very successfully ever since they bought it in 2010.

Where did the idea of the Blue Duck came to be?  We wanted to give the cafe a name that people could remember. We thought that an adjective and animal combination would achieve this goal. As to how we came up with Blue Duck specifically, there are several versions of stories on how we settled on it!

The catchy name makes people assume that there is duck in all dishes... wrong! Blue Duck offers variety of soups, sandwiches and salads, and they cater to vegetarians, too.


The catchy name makes people assume that there is duck in all dishes… wrong! Blue Duck offers variety of soups, sandwiches and salads, and they cater to vegetarians, too.

What are some of your favorite items on the menu? We each have our personal favorites. Two of my favorites are the Portobello sandwich and Rollup. Chris’ favorites include the Short Rib sandwich and any of our quiches. But really, we like everything we make! 🙂

One of my favorite items on the menu is the Cobb Salad with home-made bread.

One of my favorite items on the menu is the Cobb Salad with home-made bread. Yum!

Who prepares all the food? Chris and I are extremely hands on in the business. Chris is in charge of the food/menu items while I focus on the breads and bakery side. But we also have a great staff that is more than capable of executing our menu while meeting our high expectations.

Karmen and Chris make sure all food is prepared according to their high standards.

Karmen and Chris make sure all food is prepared according to their high standards, for great quality and taste.

Why are you open only for lunch? We started small. It was important to balance work life and family life. Our location also lends itself well to a lunch crowd. It also allowed us to have private events and caterings in the evenings. There are things in the works to possibly expand hours in the not so distant future!

Blue Duck is only open for lunch, but you can rent the venue for private events in the evening. They also do catering.

Blue Duck is only open for lunch, but you can rent the venue for private events in the evening. They also do catering.

What makes you unique?  We make pretty much everything from scratch, including all the breads. Our menu consists of unique items that you may not find on menus at many other places. We focus on putting out fresh food at a good value. We like to get even more creative with our daily specials whether it be pork cheek steam buns with kimchi or our house made “spam”wich!

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It’s not just the good food, it’s the presentation and the atmosphere that make Blue Duck a preferred lunch spot.

Their desserts are to die for...

Their desserts also attract a crowd…

What are your plans for the future? That is a great question!  We are hoping 2013 will bring some big changes to the Blue Duck!  Stay tuned! 🙂 We also want to focus on the bakery in the direction of pies, cheesecakes, french macaroons and cupcakes as well (all items made from scratch too!).

Almond Joy Cheesecake from the Blue Duck: the best cheesecake I have ever had!

Almond Joy Cheesecake from the Blue Duck: the best cheesecake I have ever had!

The Blue Duck Cafe and Bakery is located on 1381 High Street Suite 111, Washington, MO  63090. You can reach them at  636-390-9131 or  info@blueduckcafebakery.com. Visit their website  www.blueduckcafebakery.com  and make sure that you follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/blueduckcafebakery!

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.

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