Cisco's Bakery & Cafe1511 E. Sixth, 478-2420
It hasn't been the same since Rudy "Cisco" Cisneros passed away, but Cisco's still serves excellent biscuits, textbook migas, and piping hot coffee in a manner evocative of a time when high politics was a contact sport and high tech was a calculator. Finish off your Tex-Mex breakfast of the gods with a Mexican cookie or pastry from Cisco's bakery. Expect a big alumni-and-offspring crowd on Sundays after UT home games.
Fiesta Mart3909 N. I-35, 406-3900
Monday-Sunday, 24 hours
Bakery Hours: Around 7am-10 or 10:30pm
This Houston-based supermarket chain was built on catering to an international clientele, so it makes perfect sense that Fiesta houses a full-service Mexican-style bakery. Fresh-baked tortillas, buñuelos, empanadas, and pan dulces are a few of the available treats. Fiesta's bolillos (hard rolls) are a hearty but inexpensive sandwich alternative to sliced bread. Bring in a picture and have them make a cake with a color-frosting image of someone whose face you'd like to eat.
Joe's Bakery & Cafe2305 E. Seventh, 472-0017
Joe's is one of a handful of stalwart East Austin institutions (El Azteca, Cisco's, Hernandez Cafe, etc.) that help make our town the mecca of Tex-Mex. Belly up to the lunch counter for homemade migas, tacos, and award-winning menudo, then step up to the pastry counter for piedras, novias, cemitas, y capirotada. See if you don't leave a fat and happy customer.
La Mexicana1924 S. First, 443-6369
Monday-Thursday, 4am-8:30pm; Friday-Saturday, 24 hours
In addition to having a neon sign of casino proportions, La Mexicana is well known for their wide selection of inexpensive pan dulces, empanadas, and galletas (Mexican-style cookies). If your sweet tooth needs a root canal, try something from the taqueria. La Mexicana also carries an impressive selection of imported Mexican food products such as La Abuelita chocolate and sticks of canela (Mexican cinnamon).
La Victoria5245 Burnet Rd., 458-1898
La Victoria is one of many reasons Burnet Road has become North Austin's most vibrant commercial thoroughfare. In addition to a wide assortment of Mexican pastries and cookies, La Victoria serves excellent 99-cent breakfast tacos. The bakery also sells menudo, picadillo, and barbacoa by the pound. This is the perfect place to begin a thrift-shopping Saturday morning.
Mr. Natural1901 E. Cesar Chavez, 477-5228
A mecca for Austin vegetarians, Mr. Natural is a juice bar, bakery, health-food store, and vegetarian Mexican restaurant in one. The bakery features a variety of fresh-baked treats, and the lunch specials are generous and inexpensive. Where else can you get soybean ceviche, sunflower and tofu tamales, pineapple empanadas, and queen bee royal jelly all under one roof?