Popular Mexican Bakery , La Panaderia, Adds Artistic Touch to Deliciousness
Two brothers, José and David Cáceres, created their popular Mexican bakery out of a love for baking. Learning their craft from their mother at a young age while living in their home city of Mexico City, the brothers soon took over the family business and expanded it into a large scale bakery. Delivering their breads and pan dulce to businesses throughout the city they soon became financially successful and decided it was time to bring their Mexican heritage of bread making to Texas. San Antonio was a perfect city to put down roots, so in 2014 they opened their first bakery-cafe, La Panadería on Broadway in Alamo Heights. After several years of pleasing customers here in the Alamo city, they opened their second location on Houston Street where they were almost an overnight sensation to downtown businesses and tourists.
La Panadería, which specializes in making handmade bread and pan dulce, also gets its influence for baking from French, Italian and American breadmaking techniques. When moving to San Antonio, they wanted to make the same rich, delicious baked breads they grew up with. To get this more artisan-style bread, they learned they needed to ferment the bread longer than most bakers, sometimes up to 72 hours. Master Panadero, David, studied under the best French, Italian, American and Mexican bread makers, mastering his skills and adding his own techniques along the way. La Panadería, is a mixture of the treasured breads of Mexico plus a combination of baked loaves of American, Italian, Spanish and French breads for a Latin American experience.
Take a walk to the back of the bakery where you can watch the dough being made and baked.
David even took French pastry making classes, so for a special treat you will find his beautiful French pastries that are off-menu. But if you wait until the end of the day to go in, they may already be gone as word has gotten out about these delicious gems.
Offering daily fresh-made breads and pastries, hearty open-face breakfast sandwiches and a variety of special coffees, this is a great morning spot to have that first meal of the day. Whether you have a hearty appetite in the morning, or you are a muffin and coffee type, you can rest assured you will be pleasantly satisfied.
With the Rancheros Eggs Benedictine you get two slices of fresh toasted bread topped with smoked pork and poached eggs. Add to that a great Chipotle Hollandaise sauce and a fresh house-made Ranchero salsa. As if this weren’t enough, it comes with a side of in-house made Fideo or Black Bean soup.
Or maybe you are looking for something a little healthier like the Avocado Toast. This is also two slices of that wonderful fresh-toasted bread topped with mashed avocado (at least one whole avocado is used here) tomatoes and pickled red onion. For an extra charge you can add sunny-side-up eggs to top it all off. I love avocado toast and this was both delicious and very filling.
Doing a pastry here is absolutely mind-blowing. Get in line, pick up your platter and tongs and start surfing through all the selections behind the pastry glass. There are so many choices, it will take you several minutes, if not longer, to pick just one. If the buttery smells don’t get your mouth watering, the sight of them surly will.
Today it was time to try a “Key Lime Cruffin”. “What is a cruffin”, you ask? It is a cross between a croissant and a muffin. This Key Lime Cruffin was a flaky croissant muffin filled with a beautiful silk key lime cream. I have to say this dessert was heavenly in every respect.
My next choice was the Chocolate Mousse Tart. This was a decadent, rich, dark chocolate mousse with a dark chocolate glaze encapsulating it. Then it was topped with chocolate whipped cream and two dark chocolate candies. This was French dessert at its best.
As mentioned earlier, they have a variety of specialty coffees. You can get a espresso, Cordato, cold brews, a house brew or many more in between. They also offer specialty coffees like Cafe con Leche or Cafe Bombon. The choices here are almost endless, so you are sure to find the perfect accompaniment to the dessert you choose.
And if you like late night coffee and sweets, this is a great place to get them. La Panaderia is right across the street from the Majestic Theatre so stop in before or after a show.
And be sure to pick up some pastries to go to enjoy tomorrow at home!
This review was done at the La Panaderia on Houston St.
**Full Disclosure: I received breakfast in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% mine.
Location: 301 E Houston St San Antonio, TX 78205
Sun-Thu | 7am – 8pm
Fri-Sat | 7am – 9pm
Bakery, Café, Brunch,
Lunch & Dinner