The Old Sattler Baking Company is an old-fashioned bakery and café where passerby are welcome to linger over coffee and quaint conversation. All of Old Sattler's baked goods are prepared from scratch daily, including the signature ekmek bread, custom cakes, pastries, pies, and rolls. In an atmosphere reminiscent of the late ’50s, cozy up to the breakfast menu and choose the Eggs O'Brian, which features an egg duo napping on a bed of southern-cut hash browns ($6.39), or try resident-baker Lesley's french toast ($6.39). Strawberry-and-cream crêpes ($3.99), berry blintzes ($3.99), and peach crêpes ($3.99) pacify the sweet tooth, while a meal of chicken-fried steak and eggs ($8.99) thoroughly cleans up after hungerquakes.
A 2010–2011 recipient of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business of the Year award, Phoenix Rising Bakery crafts a scrumptious bounty of handmade breads, sweets, and other golden-crusted butter vessels. Each batch of artisan bread dough is kneaded to life over the course of two days using all-natural and organic ingredients, and then baked in a traditional wood-fired brick oven. Accompany morning cups of coffee or tea-time chalices of mead with a fresh and flavorsome cinnamon roll ($3), or practice making kissy faces by puckering up to a lemon bar ($1.50) instead of an already slanderized milkman. Nonsweet breads are available in flavors such as sourdough, rosemary, and whole wheat, and freshly prepared 10" pizza crusts ($7 for a pack of four) make perfect canvases for homemade pies or anchovy haikus.
Great Harvest specializes in baking tasty delicacies and healthy, homemade breads ($5–$8 per loaf) that are high in fiber, free of preservatives, and crafted every day with freshly milled flour. The bread selection changes each day of the week according to a monthly schedule. Staple offerings include varieties such as honey whole wheat and cinnamon chip. For carb connoisseurs who prefer breaded delights that are easily juggled, Great Harvest bakes muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and bars.
The day of a big celebration is always pretty hectic. Houses need to be cleaned, party clothes need to be ironed, and lots of food needs to be cooked and artfully displayed. But it's in situations like this that the bakers at Cupcake Catering shine by taking care of a party's central dish: the dessert. They take orders in the days preceding parties, then bring the beautifully frosted treats straight to your door when you need them. They make cupcakes in a range of flavors to cater to a range of cravings and desired level of decadence.
The team at Big Apple Bagels builds chewy, ring-shaped bread bites from scratch and wakes palates with steaming cups of Brewster's coffee. The menu teems with eats inspired by New York City deli fare, such as bagel-based club sandwiches and nearly a dozen styles of cream cheese—including three whipped varieties and one milked directly from a somersaulting cow. Bagel flavors range from plain and sesame, while swiss melts warm palates with gooey layers of cheese. Gourmet muffins introduce mouths to fluffy, cake-like texture kept moist—yet low in cholesterol—with soybean oil.