The aromas of vanilla and cinnamon lure passersby into La Mexicana Bakery, where they are confronted with a rich landscape speckled with scarlet poinsettias and green cacti. Joining these floras on the dining room’s wall-length mural is an illustration of a village baker pulling sweet breads from a fiery oven.
Fortunately, the bakery’s three-dimensional treats are just as enticing. The Becerra family opened the bakery more than two decades ago, and it continues to stay true to the tastes of the family's native Querétaro and Guanajuato with a selection of traditional Mexican pastries that includes bolillo and telera bread. With advance notice, they can customize cakes in flavors such as chocolate and tres leches to help celebrate weddings and quinceañeras or hail the arrival of a new coffee percolator.
Open around the clock, the bakery also serves savory Querétaro-style enchiladas rojas and breakfast tacos that stack eggs and cactus atop warm, homemade flour tortillas.
Juan Meza, Juan in a Million’s smiling, sociable owner, greets customers within his comfortably bustling restaurant, which has appeared on Man vs. Food. Since 1980, he has smiled and shook the hands of guests as they order gigantic breakfast tacos or rib-steak dinners. The covered outdoor patio boasts a homey charm that complements the bountiful menu and its numerous breakfast tacos, like chorizo with beans and machacado with egg, tomatoes, onions and chile jalepeño. Plates of huevos rancheros and migas, a steaming dish of scrambled eggs with tortillas served with refried beans and potatoes, keep patrons full for the day ahead.