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While the aromas of mesquite bonfires and post-monsoon creosote resonate with Tucsonans, one aroma carries near-universal appeal: freshly-baked bread.
Here’s our list of local bakeries to get fresh loaves of bread baked in-house. Make sure to get there early before they sell out.
Alejandro’s Tortilla Factory
5330 S. 12th Ave.
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Alejandro’s isn’t the place to get a baguette or a loaf of sourdough bread. But they are the place to get buns for Sonoran dogs. They also bake birotes, perfect for sopping up menudo and pozole, and teleros, used for making tortas (Mexican sandwiches).
For more information, visit alejandrostortillafactory.com.
18 S. Eastbourne Ave.
To call Barrio Bread “next level” would be an understatement.
Baker Don Guerra, recently nominated as a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s 2019 Restaurants and Chef Awards, uses local heritage grains and century-old techniques for some of the finest bread money can buy. However, it won’t cost you a fortune.
- Pan au Levain
- Pan Rustico
- Super Seed Whole Wheat
- Cranberry Walnut
- Rustic Olive
- Polish Emmer and Rye
For the bread menu and more information, visit barriobread.com.
421 W. Ina Rd. • 3026 N. Campbell Ave. • 6260 E. Speedway Blvd.
Beyond Bread features 30 varieties of bread baked daily. Challah is available from 11 a.m. on Fridays. Quirkier loaves of bread available on certain days of the week include:
- Parsley & Swiss
- Brie, Scallion & Chive
- Ancho, Chipotle & White Cheddar
- Fig & Pistachio
For the bread menu and more information, visit beyondbread.com.
2825 N. Country Club Rd.
While the Mediterranean dishes are a main draw, don’t neglect the flatbread and pastry display cases. Try the Manoushe Zaatar, a thin flatbread seasoned with za’atar spices.
For more information, visit caravan-grill.business.site.
La Baguette Bakery
1797 E. Prince Rd.
Attached to Ghini’s French Caffe, La Baguette Bakery offers a wide range of bread and other baked goods. The baguette is naturally the star but grab a chocolate croissant while you’re there.
For more information, visit ghiniscafe.com.
La Baguette Parisienne
7851 E. Broadway Blvd.
La Baguette Parisienne has no relation to La Baguette Bakery above. But it, too, brings the French flair.
They don’t accept credit cards — bring cash.
For the bread menu and more information, visit labaguetteparisienne.com.
La Estrella Bakery Inc.
5266 S. 12th Ave. • 100 S. Avenida Del Convento Ste. 100
While La Estrella is most famous for their pan dulces, they also bake birotes, teleras, Virginia rolls, dinner rolls, and hot dog buns.
For more information, visit laestrellabakeryincaz.com.
444 E. University Blvd.
While the bread menu is small with pain au levain, baguettes, and walnut bread at Time Market, the crusty loaves are exceptional.
The loaves come out of the oven around 10:30 a.m. each morning (and are replenished throughout the day). Grab some fancy cheeses or cultured butter from the nearby fridge to enjoy with one of the most under-appreciated treats in Tucson.
For more information, visit timemarket.xyz.
Viro’s Real Italian Bakery
8301 E. 22nd St.
Whether or not you’ve been to Viro’s, you’ve probably eaten their bread via sandwich or burger at another restaurant in town.
For more information, visit virosbakery.com.
2310 N. Country Club Rd.
The Mediterranean bakery and restaurant features a wide variety of options ranging from Date Bread to Lahmajeen, a flat bread topped with minced meat and spices.
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[This article was originally written on November 2, 2018, and most recently updated on March 4, 2019]