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Best Bread Houston 2009 - El Bolillo

El Bolillo

El Bolillo

2428 Airline Drive

Houston, TX 77009

713-861-8885

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El Bolillo, the Mexican bakery across the street from Canino's on Airline, has got a lot of things going for it. Elaborately decorated cakes, sheet pans of tres leches, and coffee and hot churros for starters. Then there are the crunchy mini-baguettes called bolillos in two sizes, and the soft, dense telera bread — perfect for torta sandwiches — that you can also cut in half and use for hamburger (or torta burger) buns. Fresh tortillas made the old-fashioned way out of stone-ground nixtamal are sold out of a steamer case near the cash register, and they are exceptional. Try these and the enchiladas at your house will never be the same. And before you complain about the dry pastries, try the little cookies sold in the clear plastic clamshell packages in a display near the front door. They're made with a touch of lard, and they are anything but dry — but be careful, they are also addictive.

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