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Mexican Bakery Novice- what to try?

I recently found an amazing Mexican bakery in my little midwest city. The place was beautiful and I was overwhelmed by the huge selection of pasteries, cookies, empanadas, etc - probably 100+ different items. Not being very familiar with Mexican baked goods, I stuck with a few things that looked somewhat familiar- i bought churros, something croissant-like (but with an interesting creamy filling), and a kind of thick, almost pudding-y cornbread that was amazing, along with a few tamales and some mole sauce. Everything I bought was great, but I'd love some suggestions on what to look for when I go back. The items were not labeled, so visual descriptions would be helpful. Thanks!

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  1. Wow that all sounds great. The Mexican bakeries I have been to had really dry product. Limited selection of sweet buns, sometimes with a lot of food coloring involved.

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    1. re: divadmas

      Seems like you live in Seattle so I'm not surprised. Hop aboard a "quick" flight to Houston, panaderias everywhere, but El Bolillo is the best. Check ou the selection.

      http://www.elbolillo.com/

    2. That does sound lovely.

      Growing up, my Mexican nanny would take me on the public bus once a week to buy conchas, a Mexican bread with a sugary crust: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/conchas-... We would eat them in the park as a snack; they're not super sweet and I think would be great with a cup of coffee or tea.

      The only thing I currently seek out from Mexican bakeries are bolillo rolls: https://www.google.com/search?q=bolil... They are the perfect vehicle for any kind of sandwich you can come up with.

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      1. re: nothingswrong

        I definitely saw both of those there- thanks for the tip!

      2. Get the donuts if they have them.

          1. Capirotada, like a mexican bread pudding with raisins like this:
            http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

            See if they sell homemade corn tortillas- those are wonderful- but very perishable, so either eat asap or freeze them.
            Also check if they have menudo on sundays. I am so jealous about the tamales! The sweet corn ones are my favorite yet hard to find....

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              1. re: James Cristinian

                I've never seen it as an individual size....but it would be awesome to bring a whole cake for a summer picnic or bbq!

                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  It's quite common to see individual portions in restaurants and the many panaderias here in Houston.

                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                      Lucky indeed! Panaderias, carnicerias, taquerias, taco trucks, tamale factories, Tex-Mex and Mexican restaurants, plus ostionerias seemingly as far as the eye can see. We even have a neighbor that brings fresh tamales and flan to the door, at a very reasonable price.