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Hot Cross Buns: Houston's 10 Best Bakeries

Get your green waffles at Parisian Bakery III.
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.

Hot Cross Buns: Houston's 10 Best Bakeries

10. Parisian Bakery III

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

Hot Cross Buns: Houston's 10 Best Bakeries
Photo by J.C. Reid

9. Acadian Bakers

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

French Riviera baguette in the rear.
French Riviera baguette in the rear.
Photo by Matthew Dresden

8. French Riviera Bakery & Cafe

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

Sponge cake at Six Ping.
Sponge cake at Six Ping.
Photo by Mai Pham

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.

 

Hot Cross Buns: Houston's 10 Best Bakeries
Photo by Mai Pham

6. Ooh La La

What to get here: Cupcakes, cupcakes and more cupcakes. Oh and red velvet cheesecake. YES.

Hot Cross Buns: Houston's 10 Best Bakeries

5. La Guadalupana

What to get here: Almond croissants, marranitos, tres leches and whatever chef/owner Trancito Diaz has made special for the day. Just ask. And don't forget a bag of cafe de olla to go with it all.

Hot Cross Buns: Houston's 10 Best Bakeries
Photo by Geri Maria Harris

4. El Bolillo

What to get here: Bolillos, obviously. But also churros, tortillas and sweet empanadas.

 

Hot Cross Buns: Houston's 10 Best Bakeries

3. Kraftsmen Bakery (or Kraftsmen Cafe)

What to get here: Breakfast sandwiches on freshly baked bread, boules or pane pugliese.

Seeded rye at Three Brothers.
Seeded rye at Three Brothers.
Photo by Robb Walsh

2. Three Brothers Bakery

What to get here: Beautifully braided challah, onion rolls and seeded rye bread: All the Jewish greats are represented at this third-generation bakery.

Mango cake at Hot Breads.
Mango cake at Hot Breads.

1. Hot Breads

What to get here: Mango cake, salt and/or masala cookies, chicken tikka-filled croissants, mango lassis and pretty much everything the place sells. All of it.



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