Hot Cross Buns: Houston's 10 Best Bakeries

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Get your green waffles at Parisian Bakery III.
My friend Dr. Ricky has long said that there should be a comprehensive list of all the wonderful ethnic bakeries in town. I don't disagree, and in fact that's a list for another time.

Today, however, we're focusing on all the different forms and varieties of bakeries in Houston. And while that includes a few of the choice ethnic spots, we've also kept the list to bakeries that have permanent storefront locations, so you can swing by and grab a pandan waffle or marble rye for yourself.

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10. Parisian Bakery III

What to get here: Pandan waffles (pictured above), sesame seed balls and Vietnamese coffee.

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9. Acadian Bakers

What to get here: fancy pastry-laden opera trays, king cakes at Mardi Gras and cheeseburgers. Yes, cheeseburgers.

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French Riviera baguette in the rear.
8. French Riviera Bakery & Cafe

What to get here: Chocolate croissants, the Wu Brothers' famous farmhouse loaf and baguettes.

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Sponge cake at Six Ping.
7. Six Ping Bakery

What to get here: Baby cakes, any of the impossibly moist sponge cakes and as many Super Q Kawaii pastries as you can load on your little red tray.

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23 comments
cafeluz
cafeluz

Props for including El Bolillo. We often stop there in the mornings to grab bolillos for sandwiches, serve with soups, etc. Our in house bakers are great but there's something magical about those light, airy but crispy and perfectly sized loaves!

itsdanilove
itsdanilove

The poppyseed ring at Three Brothers is not to be missed!

Smokke
Smokke

Try the Coconut Macaroons at El Bolillo. Theyare great!

Dragana
Dragana

Don't forget Ooh La La Dessert Boutique, winner of 2009 the Cupcake Throwdown.  Their newest location is in Town and Country Village.

'stina
'stina

How is it possible that you've forgotten Moellers?  The amazing petit fours there are practically required by city charter to be at every baby and/or wedding shower in town.   I don't want to know what's in that icing, but oh my goodness it's good. 

Eterry2
Eterry2

what is conspicuously missing from the list an Italian bakery.   

Marie
Marie

Is there anyplace in Houston that makes authentic German brotchen?

Nony
Nony

Manena's!

Doc Ricky
Doc Ricky

BTW, Three Brothers Bakery still disappoints me by not having babka bread on the regular rotation. 

Doc Ricky
Doc Ricky

All this talk of "the best" bakery misses the point of this roundup - which is the sheer diversity of what constitutes a bakery in Houston. Of course, we aren't so blessed, for example, with a place that specializes in pretzels or aebelskivers, but here are some gems for the later list:

1. ECK for egg custart tarts and more. 2. Phoenicia 3. Lee's baguettes4. the pie places and the cupcake places, much as I am not enamored of the latter5. more traditional Indian sweet shops6. A sweet factory7. Marine's for Colombian breads8. Honduran bake shops9. Venezuelan baking

MadMac
MadMac

Lower down on the food chain but my personal fav is Taqueria Del Sol for sweet breads.

MizzB
MizzB

By limiting this list to only storefronts, you limited being able to list Houston's best vegan bakery, and my personal favorite Houston bakery overall, SINFULL BAKERY!Good post though, despite that.

Margin Fades
Margin Fades

I'll throw out that Royal Bakery in Montrose as notable: it's the only bakery in Houston that I'm aware of that that makes true Cuban bread (i.e. with lard).

Nicole
Nicole

I think we could all (mostly) agree that Houston's best bakery is Slow Dough. Even if it's wholesale and there's no storefront - you can get their products throughout the city.

LW
LW

Jungle Cafe WAS the gold standard years ago. Now their stuff is dried out and flavorless, and they face pretty keen competition from places like Six Ping, Yannick, and Toules Les Jours (sp?). 

I, too, was a huge proponent of Jungle Cafe when they were at their old location. I've since tried to give them a chance multiple times, but they make me oh-so-very sad, from their product to their service. Just a shell of its former self.

jasomers73
jasomers73

@Eterry2 Because there aren't any in Houston!  I've been trying to get my NY friends to move down and open one!

lisaruef
lisaruef

@Marie Did you ever find a place that sells brotchen?

Semcd44
Semcd44

If there is please tell me.

MadMac
MadMac

You forgot to mention Marine's other specialty. Rudest service in an independent business. These folks seriously don't want to be bothered.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I really want to do another roundup, this one of the best bakeries that don't have traditional storefronts: Fluff Bake Bar, Slow Dough Bread Co., Angela's Oven, Jodycakes, etc. Maybe next week!

JB
JB

Where can you get Royal Bakery products?

MadMac
MadMac

THANK YOU! You're a nice lady!

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