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What bakery in Houston sells the best Tres Leche cake?

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tuohyje Aug 22, 2013 09:58 PM

What bakery in Houston sells the best tres leche cake? Where are they
located?

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  1. DoobieWah RE: tuohyje Aug 23, 2013 08:56 AM

    Let me first admit that I've never had the Tres Leches from here, but I've had a lot of different things and they are usually pretty outstanding.

    El Bolillo has several locations. I visit the one on Airline across from Canino's.

    Here's a link: http://www.elbolillo.com/

    I would recommend it based on past experiences. I would think that to be as successful as they are, a good Tres Leches would be mandatory.

    While you're on Airline, go next door to Flores' for spices, a block south to Houston Dairymaids for cheese, and another couple of blocks to Teotihuacan for cheese enchiladas.

    It's one of my favorite ways to kill a couple of hours on a Saturday morning.

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      tuohyje RE: DoobieWah Aug 23, 2013 11:08 AM

      Thanks, your comments are very helpful.

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      brucesw RE: tuohyje Aug 23, 2013 10:43 AM

      The Tres Leches at El Bolillo is very good. I can confidently assert it is the best I've ever had from a bakery since it's the only TL I've ever had from a bakery - I order it sometimes at restaurants, but not that often.

      EB's TL has gotten a lot of props over the years on this board I think.

      I take it you want to buy a whole cake since you're asking about bakeries? You can buy it by the piece at EB any day of the week if you want to taste it before buying a whole one.

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        tuohyje RE: brucesw Aug 23, 2013 11:10 AM

        Thanks, I very much appreciate your response.

      2. Lambowner RE: tuohyje Aug 25, 2013 01:17 PM

        HEB bakeries make a pretty TL cake also. Probably not as good as El Bolillo thought.

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          tuohyje RE: Lambowner Aug 25, 2013 02:57 PM

          Thank you for your comment, it is appreciated.

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          James Cristinian RE: tuohyje Aug 25, 2013 01:34 PM

          I like Alma's on Fallbrook up by the horse track. I don't know if it's the best, but it sure is good. It's a small, family run place.

          http://www.msalmas.com/Pages/default....

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            tuohyje RE: James Cristinian Aug 25, 2013 02:58 PM

            Thanks James, I'll definitely give them a try.

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              James Cristinian RE: tuohyje Aug 27, 2013 08:43 PM

              Let me know how you like it.

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                tuohyje RE: James Cristinian Aug 27, 2013 08:55 PM

                Will do!

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                  James Cristinian RE: tuohyje Aug 27, 2013 10:30 PM

                  I'm guessing you checked out the website. It says the tres leches is Alma's best cake.

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                    tuohyje RE: James Cristinian Aug 28, 2013 11:26 AM

                    Yes, and I also have printed out a map from mapquest so I
                    take the most direct route. Thanks ,James.

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            mimi777 RE: tuohyje Sep 6, 2013 10:33 PM

            Believe it or not, Ruggles Bakery in the Village

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              tuohyje RE: mimi777 Sep 7, 2013 08:56 AM

              Thanks, I'll give them a try.

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              blinknoodle RE: tuohyje Nov 23, 2013 01:54 PM

              Just thought I'd add my two cents to the Tres Leches cake recommendartions. My friend has been on a quest to find the best one in Houston. Not sure how many he has tried (many) but after eating the one at El Bolillo, he stopped looking. It was that good.. and truthfully, the price is great. $2.25 for a huge piece and isn't that sweet.

              Radical Eats makes a vegan tres leche which we liked too, but it is completely different than the one from El Bolillo.

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                tuohyje RE: tuohyje Nov 23, 2013 09:52 PM

                Sounds great! I'll definitely give them a try. Thanks!!

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                  Jaymes RE: tuohyje Nov 24, 2013 10:29 AM

                  And El Bolillo has been named one of the top 50 bakeries in the nation:

                  http://blog.chron.com/foodchronicles/...

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                    James Cristinian RE: Jaymes Nov 24, 2013 10:45 AM

                    I hate El Bolillo. You walk in, grab a basket, join the herd and circle counterclockwise, filling it with tantalizing goodies. Did I mention I love this place, so much to choose from, none of it good for you, I love it.

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                      tuohyje RE: Jaymes Nov 26, 2013 01:02 PM

                      Makes El Bolillo a "must visit"! Thanks

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                        tuohyje RE: Jaymes Nov 26, 2013 01:05 PM

                        If there was ever any doubt about El Bolillo, there is none now! They are in very, very select company! Thanks

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                      blinknoodle RE: tuohyje Dec 11, 2013 07:32 PM

                      We did the El Bollilo vs Mi Tienda Tres Leches taste test this weekend. El Bollilo won. The frosting was the key to the win. Not too sweet. Also, fyi, Mi Tienda's slices are the same price but twice the size!

                      But, if you go to Mi Tienda, their fresh churros are much better than El Bollilo... and Mi Tienda has fresh corn tortillas.

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                        tuohyje RE: blinknoodle Dec 11, 2013 08:52 PM

                        Thanks very much. I have to add Mi Tienda to my list
                        of places to try for their churros!!! Thanks again!

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