Your abuelita would approve: brothers José and David Cáceres have opened a real live panadería on Houston Street, giving downtown diners and snackers a chance at their bready, heady delights, custom coffees, and more. From the charolas (big, round metal trays) and tongs to the piles of conchas, orejas and cuernos (shell-, ear- and horn-shaped sweet bread), there’s enough of the tradition, or, as they say, the cultura of bread contained here to please us all. Through the back windows, watch the 48-hour proofing, mixing, and kneading for both pan dulce and the artisanal breads, the foundation for tortas like La Clásica—ham, Swiss, chipotle mustard, tomatoes, and pickled jalapeños—and the Hawaiana, la Clásica with grilled pineapple and pork chops (come early for egg-and-chorizo and other breakfast versions). And, if that’s not enough, fancy glazed pastries rotate through the refrigerated case. This “flagship” is the second location (the first opened two years ago, in Alamo Heights), and the original mobile stand still shows up at the Quarry market on Sundays.
City: San Antonio
Drinks: Beer & wine