BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD
Elvis is coming to San Antonio’s Northwest Side. The Elvis croissant, that is.
It’s one of the decadent new offerings being served up at the new location of La Panadería, opening Friday, April 2, at the La Cantera Heights development. Located at 17030 La Cantera Parkway, the new bakery is the third La Panadería location in San Antonio, and the first time the biz is venturing to the Northwest Side. The new spot was originally planned for a summer 2020 opening, that plan got pushed back because of the pandemic.
“2020 was one of the most challenging years for everyone, especially for the restaurant industry, and we are still in uncharted territory in 2021,” says Jose Cáceres, who co-founded La Panadería with his brother, chef David Cáceres, in 2014, in an effort to share Mexico’s “bread cultura” with Texans. “However, we believe in our beloved San Antonio, its resilient economy and the support of our local community. Our La Panadería family looks forward to welcoming new and returning guests to our La Cantera Heights location.”
The new 4,200-square-foot, indoor-outdoor restaurant will serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner offerings, including signature dishes like the chicken milanesa torta and La Panadería’s beloved pan dulce. But chef David Cáceres has also baked up luscious new croissant trilogy inspired by French, Mexican, and American baking traditions. The trilogy includes the tequila almond croissant (Who says you can’t have tequila for breakfast?); the tres leches croissant; and the Elvis croissant, made with peanut butter whipped cream, banana, and bacon.
La Panadería’s new La Cantera Heights patisserie will also feature an extended bar program, with the restaurant rolling out its liquor-based offerings in the coming weeks. Highlights of the bar menu include Besos (house-blended margaritas, frozen margaritas, and Frosé); boozy pick-me-up specialties like the Carajillo (espresso and Licor 43); the Frida Kahlo (espresso and Kahlua); and the Paolo Rossi (espresso and Grand Marnier). Select wines from Texas, California, and France will also be available, as will brunch cocktails and mimosa kits.
Starting April 2, La Panadería will be open from 7 am to 3 pm throughout the Easter weekend, transitioning to regular operating hours — 7 am to 8 pm daily — starting April 5.
All La Panadería locations, including the new bakery and those in downtown San Antonio and Alamo Heights, offer indoor and al fresco dining, as well as online ordering, and the restaurants are continuing to practice COVID-safe protocols, requiring all guests and staff to wear masks when not actively eating or drinking at their tables and implementing extensive cleaning procedures.