Ashe Supply Co.
Baked by Ferndale Project, the multi-concept restaurant and brewery by Eastern Market Brewing Co., the toaster pastries at this downtown Detroit craft coffee shop come in a range of seasonal flavors. Spiced chai and pumpkin fillings debuted in the fall, a chocolate-frosted chocolate chip cookie pastry flew off the shelf this winter, and whimsical renditions, such as the Lisa Frank Lemon coated in neon cheetah print icing, make appearances on special occasions. Ashe Supply Co., 1555 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-672-2070; ashesupplyco.com
You’ll have to keep an eye on the rotating menu — there’s no guarantee when the pop-up bakery’s home-made Pop-Tarts-style toaster pastries will, er, pop back up. A bonfire-inspired menu over the summer boasted s’mores pastries scrawled with a charred marshmallow topping. Louisa Detroit, louisadetroit.com
The Red Hook
Arguably one of the most notable spots for a local take on the toaster pastry, The Red Hook keeps it simple — a no-frills flaky crust is filled with fruit jam, imperfectly smeared with a dollop of pink or white icing, and dotted with rainbow-colored sprinkles. The buttery pastries are available at both of the café’s locations in Detroit and Ferndale (while supplies last). The Red Hook, theredhookcoffee.com for locations
Rose’s Fine Food and Wine
You may find Rose’s Fine Food’s pastries on its own carryout menu or in the baked goods box at coffee shops throughout metro Detroit, such as Gathering Coffee Co. The Milwaukee Junction café served as a home to Rose’s vegan olive oil-shortbread Pop-Tarts with a date filling and thin orange slices embedded in a white icing on top. At the home base, more unique flavors abound, such as the Pear Rosemary Pop Tart that premiered in February. Rose’s Fine Food and Wine, 10551 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; 313-822-2729; rosesfinefood.com
Named after one of Zingerman’s longtime pastry kitchen managers, Patti Pockets are the Ann Arbor bakery’s ode to the Pop-Tarts trend. These pastries are made with butter pie dough, stuffed with fruit preserves, and drizzled with glaze. And they’re so easy to make, the bakery encourages kids to try this recipe at home! On April 22, Zingerman’s is offering a virtual baking lesson for children 12 and up. Zingerman’s Bakehouse, 3723 Plaza Dr., Ann Arbor; 734-761-7255; bakewithzing.com