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On the Texas frontier, pioneers baked bread in a Dutch oven over an open fire, or fried dough in a skillet. Johnny cakes and soda biscuits were the order of the day, but later settlers from across the globe brought their influences to the Lone Star State. Today’s best Texas bakeries, from icons to temples of new gastronomy, satisfy the sweet tooth of residents and visitors alike. Take a taste and see how.
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709 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Once you walk inside, the setting, with its original hard wood ceiling, unfinished walls, and brick arched windows, made sense for a German beer garden meets French bakery. The hip, two-story outpost turns out more than 600, Paris-worthy baguettes...
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Even Oprah Winfrey has raved about the kolaches at Little Czech Stop, a gas station-cum-bakery in West, 15 miles north of Waco. A traditional rest stop for road trippers crawling along the I35 corridor between the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and ...
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1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
It’s no secret that Houston’s culinary scene is hot and rising. The first bakery of its kind in town, the sleek, state-of-the-art shop evokes a cool kid’s playground. Walk in and be awed by the sheer beauty and bounty of the oversized bakery case,...
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Located in the picturesque antiques shopping haven of Fredericksburg, a Hill Country town with German roots that is set amid the Texas wine country, the pie boutique occupies a quaint blue cottage on Austin Street, just a block north of Main....
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107 W Alamo St, Brenham, TX 77833, USA
Nostalgic and spiced with a bit of Beaver Cleaver, Must Be Heaven is just the sort of place you'd hope you’ll find in historic downtown Brenham, an old-style Texas town best known for its antique stores and for being the home of Bluebell Ice...
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3300 East Expressway 83 #1260, McAllen, TX 78501, USA
Winners of Food Nework’s "Cupcake Wars," sisters Erica and Sabrina Rodriguez run RGV Cupcake Factory with their best friend, Johanna Saenz. All three women work additional jobs to make ends meet, but that doesn’t diminish the passion they have for...
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109 TX-71, Ellinger, TX 78938, USA
The early bird gets the kolache at Hruska’s, a family-owned outpost on Highway 71, halfway between Houston and Austin. Starting out as a general store on Main Street, Hruska’s has been family owned since 1912. In 1952, they opened a service...
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2517 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009, USA
Pop into this classic bakery on Airline Drive (the first of several locations) to discover that Mexico’s impact on gastronomy goes beyond Tex-Mex fare. Bolillos (a crusty, football-shaped white bread from Spain), perpetually fresh hand-pressed...
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306 Pearl Pkwy #110, San Antonio, TX 78215, USA
Like a gourmand’s treasure chest, this stylish bakery occupies a space in the city’s hippest venue, the retrofitted Pearl Brewery. It’s the lair of husband-and-wife team, Anne Ng and Jeremy Mandrell, who first met in the kitchen of Thomas Keller’s...
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Like most of Marfa, this oasis in the sprawling desert landscape brings unexpected civility and artfulness to what was once a no-man’s land. Eating, aesthetics and being seen with the cool kids are the reasons people trek to this legendary town,...
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401 W 7th Ave, Corsicana, TX 75110, USA
Not everybody loves fruitcake, but the Collin Street Bakery, located in the railroad heyday town of quaint Corsicana, has earned worldwide fame as a maker of the holiday staple—as well as pecan cakes, cookies, pumpkin cakes, and chocolate...
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401 TX-35 BUS, Rockport, TX 78382, USA
The Texas gulf takes you back to your childhood—when you are there, all your healthy eating habits somehow get cast aside. Forget smoothies—in the Port Aransas/Rockport area, all you want to nosh on is something satisfyingly old school, and...