14 November, 2019, 21:46

15 local bakeries serving fresh bread baked in house

Oh crumb on, these loaves are pretty swheat.

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.

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.

August Rhodes Market

3073 N. Campbell Ave.

Sourdough bread loaf at August Rhodes Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Cousin restaurant to Prep & Pastry, August Rhodes Market features a wide variety of scratch-made soups, salads, sandwiches, gorditas, and more.

Fresh loaves of bread are also available to purchase to-go. Sourdough and baguettes are the classic go-to options, but keep an eye out for focaccia and Japanese milk bread.

For more information, visit augustrhodesmarket.com.

Barrio Bread

18 S. Eastbourne Ave.
Heritage loaves at Barrio Bread (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Heritage loaves at Barrio Bread (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

Favorites include:

  • Birote
  • Heritage
  • 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.

Beyond Bread

421 W. Ina Rd. • 3026 N. Campbell Ave. • 6260 E. Speedway Blvd.

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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.

Caravan Grill

2825 N. Country Club Rd.
Mediterranean Salad, Chicken Shawarma, assorted sweets, Falafel Plate, hummus, pita, and Kafta Kebab Plate at Caravan Grill (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Mediterranean Salad, Chicken Shawarma, assorted sweets, Falafel Plate, hummus, pita, and Kafta Kebab Plate at Caravan Grill (Credit: Jackie Tran)

While the Mediterranean dishes are the 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.

CERES

77 W. Washington St.
Italian bread at CERES

Italian bread at CERES (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Although pasta is the star at newly opened Italian take-out spot CERES, artisan loaves of bread are available to purchase. The bakery program, led by Nick Carson, offers vegan and gluten-free options in pastry or bread form. Grab a sandwich to-go before they sell out.

Keep up with CERES on Instagram. For more information, visit cerestucson.com.

Dedicated – A Gluten Free Bakery and Coffee Shop

4500 E. Speedway Blvd. Ste. 41
Rosemary bread at Dedicated – A Gluten Free Bakery and Coffee Shop

Rosemary bread at Dedicated – A Gluten Free Bakery and Coffee Shop (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This east-side gluten-free bakery offers a wide variety of breads and pastries such as bagels, pizza crust, challah, and dinner rolls.

Call ahead for special orders at (520) 209-2872.

For more information, visit dedicatedgf.com.

Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro

5845 N. Oracle Rd.
Bread from Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro

Bread from Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This northwest gluten-free bakery also offers breads and a wide variety of pastries. The weekly selection varies, but some of the standards are baguettes, French loaves, carrot sunflower seed sandwich bread, rosemary sea salt focaccia, breakfast scones, and pizza crusts.

Call ahead for special orders at (520) 408-9000.

For more information, visit gourmetgirlsglutenfree.com.

La Baguette Bakery

1797 E. Prince Rd.
Baguettes and pain de campagne at Ghini's French Caffe and La Baguette Bakery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Baguettes and pain de campagne at La Baguette Bakery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

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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. • 120 S. Avenida Del Convento Ste. 100
Pan Fino at La Estrella Bakery Inc. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Pan Fino at La Estrella Bakery Inc. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

While La Estrella is most famous for its pan dulces, they also bake birotes, teleras, Virginia rolls, dinner rolls, and hot dog buns.

For more information, visit laestrellabakeryincaz.com.

Mendez Bakery

1219 S. Sixth Ave.
Telera bread at Mendez Bakery

Telera bread at Mendez Bakery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Located in the former Le Cave’s space on South Sixth Avenue, Mendez Bakery features a range of pan dulce and Mexican breads. Swing by for telera bread to make your own tortas.

Time Market

444 E. University Blvd.
Caprese Sandwich at Time Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Caprese Sandwich at Time Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

Za’atar

2310 N. Country Club Rd.

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The Mediterranean bakery and restaurant features a wide variety of options ranging from Date Bread to Lahmajeen, a flatbread topped with minced meat and spices.

Keep up with Za’atar on Facebook.

[This article was originally written on November 2, 2018, and most recently updated on October 24, 2019]

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.

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