New Bakery in San Antonio Has Gone Viral
If you haven’t heard of The Bread Box yet, you soon will. Located in Artisan Alley, the magical little shopping mall on Bitters Rd. known for their locally owned shops, The Bread Box is San Antonio’s newest retail bakery. This little bakery has already made a big name for itself in the four years it has been open. The first three years they were just doing wholesale business supplying bread to many of San Antonio’s finest restaurants and hotels. But this past December they took the big leap and opened up a retail space which obviously was a great decision.
In addition to making some 30 varieties of bread each week, they also make a selection of muffins, bars, cookies and even a few pies. In fact, according to Tina Kent, co-owner of The Bread Box along with her husband Lucas, you need to get here early if you want to purchase their daily selection of goodies as they sell quickly.
They make everything from scratch, on-site every day. Only the freshest ingredients go into their food and they source from local merchants as much as possible.
Their retail location offers customers not just a selection of the same wonderful breads they supply to their 40+ local clients but a also houses a cafe that serves both breakfast and lunch. Incorporating their fresh baked bread with seasonal ingredients is what draws customers in and keeps them coming back.
While sipping on a fresh brewed glass of iced black tea, I (not so patiently) awaited the selection of gourmet delights I was about to partake of.
The Winter Salad was just that, filled with the bounty of this season. Fresh field greens from 9-1 Farms in Devine were topped with roasted beets, dates, raisins, roasted butternut squash, orange sections, goat cheese and candied pecans all adorned with a beautiful Maple Pecan vinaigrette. Hearty enough as a stand alone meal to be sure and wonderful enough to get bragging rights from this food writer.
The sandwich special today was the Mushroom Duxelle Grilled Cheese. Just the name makes you want to sing a high note doesn’t it! This sandwich has crimini mushrooms, fresh herbs, caramelized onions, ham, goat cheese and tomatoes all stuffed between their savory potato bacon bread, then toasted to a delicate crispness allowing the flavors to mingle perfectly. When asking Tina how she created this sandwich she replied, “We had just received a large batch of fresh crimini mushrooms and this just seemed like a great way to use them”. Yes it was Tina, yes it was!
If you like Ruben sandwiches, you really need to try The Bread Box version of this classic dish. Their non-traditional version will blow you away. The Roasted Beet Ruben is filled with roasted beets, house-cultured sauerkraut, fontina cheese Russian dressing and, of course, their house-made marbled Rye bread. You can also add turkey to this already mouthful of goodness. I’m telling you, this one’s well worth a try. It’s been on the menu since they opened, so I’m guessing I’m not the only one who feels this way!
Now, you know you want something sweet from their pastry selection before you push back from the table. You can try a slice of Birthday Cake, some Bread Pudding which has to be outstanding with all this fresh bread lying around, or you can opt for their famous Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta. Or you can do as I did and go for the pie of the day which just happened to be Pecan Pie Cobbler this day. This was a pecan pie made with all the ooey gooey goodness of a cobbler served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top. Yeah, tell me your mouth isn’t watering now!
This trendy cafe has a small home-town feel to it with quaint furnishings, whimsical accents and bright colors. They even have an antique bread cutter on display which they call Dutchess.
I encourage you to stop into The Bread Box and let the aroma of fresh baked bread entice your senses and beg you to sit down and enjoy a fulfilling, delicious meal featuring the bounty of the season and, of course, the fresh baked goodness that is The Bread Box. Note: they also have gluten-free options available on the menu.
The Bread Box has box lunches for your catering needs and a party room that seats up to 12.
**Full Disclosure: I received lunch in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are totally mine.
Artisan Alley, 555 W. Bitters Rd., #115, San Antonio Tx
Monday – Saturday 8:00am – 3pm