I am so excited Comadre Panadería exists! If you’re looking for a Mexican bakery in Austin, you’ll want to try this one. Here you can get pastries like conchas and cookies with unique flavors and local ingredients.
Chef Mariela Camacho first started popping up with Comadre Panadería in Seattle in 2017. When she moved back to the Austin/San Antonio area in 2019, her pop-ups were a hit. I first tried the pastries from the pick-up orders at Nixta Taqueria. In April 2023, the bakery moved into a space next door and Austin is delighted with the variety of pastries on the menu.
Translated from Spanish as “homegirl’s bakery,” Comadre Panadería focuses on quality ingredients and on enhancing traditional recipes with sometimes unexpected flavors. For me, it’s an exciting education on Mexican pastries that has made me love pastries even more, and this bakery is good for the community. I love that Camacho is preserving and sharing Mexican recipes, as well as her talent. Others are taking notice as well. She was nominated for a James Beard Award in the Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker category this year.
Ultimately, the delicious tastes and the weekend lines speak for themselves!
When you arrive, look for the “park here for pan” sign and the orange door.
Logistics and Menu
Pre-orders open on Wednesday at 10 am, but the bakery also has walk-in availability (expect a short line). They are currently open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
The menu differs every week but may have some similar or re-occurring items. Flavors will vary from week to week, but there are typically two concha flavors, two cookie flavors, a cake, and an empanada. They also have six packs of flour tortillas.
All My Mexican Bakery Goodies
If it’s your first visit, be sure to try an empanada, a concha, and a cookie.
Here’s what I got – pretty much one of everything – on my most recent visit.
Meyer Lemon Concha – brioche bun topped with a TX meyer lemon shell
Cacoa Nib Concha – brioche bun filled with dark Mexican chocolate chunks, topped with a shell filled with Mexican cacao nibs
Atole Sugar Cookie – inspired by Atole; based with heirloom masa (Nixta Taqueria), Mexican cinnamon, and piloncillo
Sourdough Choco Chip Cookie – classic cookie with dark chocolate chips
TX Buckwheat & Cajeta Choco Cake – dark chocolate and Texas-grown buckwheat cake layered with cajeta (caramelized goat milk) cream cheese frosting
Papa Ranchera, Egg, Cheese Empanada – tender dough filled with yukon gold potatoes simmered in a spicy salsa, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese; served with salsita
Bean and Cheese Kolache – masa madre (sourdough) kolache filled with Chihuahan-style cheese
Pink Cake – classic panaderia sheet cake with TX heirloom corn flour
Piloncillo Caramel Apple Fritter – masa madre (sourdough) donut with Texas granny smith apples
My favorites from this menu were the empanada, the meyer lemon concha, the choco chip cookie, and the pink cake, but all were tasty.
Don’t forget a drink! HIJITA is an Austin company that makes drinking chocolate drinks. Made from regenerative Mexican cocoa, these drinks are delicious! The HIJITA Snow Jasmine Choco Milk Tea, made with oat milk, local honey, and jasmine tea, is going to be my go-to. I loved this unique combination and would drink it again.
Now, I’m already thinking about when I can visit next! Go try it out for yourself and let me know what you think!
P.S. Looking for more pastries? You’ll want to check out these posts: