As much as I like getting a big bacon and eggs breakfast or a couple of breakfast tacos, some mornings I am happy with a pastry and some coffee. It’s no secret that I have a sweet tooth. In fact a former roommate bought a tub of cookie dough that they sell for school fundraisers, and after seeing me eyeing it in the fridge for a while she mentioned I could have some of it (we had a strict policy of not eating each other’s food). After asking a couple of times if she was sure, in the next couple of weeks I proceeded to knock out most of the tub with the exception of a half moon wedge at the bottom about an inch high, because after all, we know that in guy logic the tub was practically full and she would never notice. At any rate, Broadway Daily Bread is the perfect place to satiate that sweet tooth first thing in the morning.
While the namesake is located on Broadway in Alamo Heights, I often go to the one off of DeZavala and I-10. I like this location because it is kind of tucked into a neighborhood right around Clarke High School, and it really has a strong neighborhood feel with a lot of regulars stopping by. The owner of this location, Bryant, is incredibly friendly and will visit with you whether your are a newbie or a regular if he is not busy at work kneading dough.
One of the reasons that I like Broadway Daily Bread so much is that it is one of the few “Tech” businesses in town; both of the owners daughters attended Texas Tech and there is a lot of Tech paraphernalia on the walls. Being in the land of Longhorns and Aggies, this is always a nice surprise. Additionally, they source their coffee from Daybreak Coffee Roasters, a Lubbock company and coffeehouse that I frequented when I was growing up.
When you walk in, you will notice the bakers rack full of baked goods. They have all types of bread (their Birdman is the most popular) alongside tons of different sweets: cinnamon rolls, muffins, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc. You can even order a cake for that special occasion. When I was working for a company, I would try to bring some muffins in for breakfast to my coworkers; this is always a good idea if you are running just a little bit late.
I have three favorite breakfast items that are my standards. If I am going to get a muffin, I am going either for their sour cream pecan or the cranberry. The sour cream pecan muffin has more of a spongy type texture and the top is dusted with cinnamon and sugar. In a way, it is like a cinnamon role without being too over powering and without the icing; it is the best item to pair up with their coffee.
The cranberry muffin is equally good in a different way; the best part is the muffin top which has a nice crispy taste to it and is really sweet. The cranberries are plentiful and are warm/gooey (if you get it fresh out of the oven) and have a nice tart taste. I decided to get the cranberry muffin this past visit.
Finally, if you are REALLY in the mood for something sweet, get the brownie cupcake with peanut butter topping. While they don’t always have this, it is every sweet tooth’s dream. Smaller than a normal cupcake, when you pick it up you will be surprised how dense it is; it is like they are packing as much sugar and goodness into as little of a space as possible. To top it off, there is this peanut butter icing that they are quite generous with. This concoction is best with an ice cold glass of milk.
Whether in North San Antonio or Alamo Heights, Broadway Daily Bread delivers the goods if you are looking for something sweet for breakfast.
Value: 9/10 (You are probably going to spend between $3 and $4 for a muffin and a cup of coffee which seems standard; the muffins are pretty big)
Atmosphere: 10/10 (Pertaining to the DeZavala Location: Really clean feel, the inside is painted with bright colors and the entire storefront is windows which lets in the natural light; you can watch the folks make the dough, pastries, and sandwiches; people always seem happy here)
Service: 10/10 (Very friendly people always greeting you with a smile)
Taste: 9.5/10 (Everything tastes really good and I like pretty much everything here – the bread, cake, cupcakes, muffins, sandwiches; only thing that I think falls short is the kolaches but, then again, what do I know as they are sold out pretty much every day before 8:30-9:00 in the morning!)
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