and converted an aging frame house on a near-downtown San Antonio side street that could best be described as “iffy” (although new apartment buildings and businesses are bringing new life to this long-neglected area) into a bakery that turns out unbelievably good pastries and bread.
Maybe the folks who own Lorraine Bakery are just ahead of the game. Sure, they profit probably by being close to the colossus of culinary centers, the converted Pearl Brewery and the San Antonio version of the Culinary Institute of America, the CIA.
But, the Bakery Lorraine is on a par with itself. The pastry chef owners are fearless. They provide quality individual pastries, cookies, croissants and macaroons that would be perfectly at home in Paris. (The prices are about the same as well.) They also do sandwiches, quiches, and offer coffee and tea and Mexican coke. You can eat on site or carry out.
Recently, they've entered the world of bread baking. With their brand new imported oven, the kitchen turns out big fat “boules” and long baguettes as well as specialty breads like the country bread studded with kalamata olives.
Open seven days a week, Bakery Lorraine has a steady stream of customers. The mix of clients is telling…local construction workers, the neighborhood hippie crowd, the cyclists, and even the mavens from upscale Alamo Heights stop by to smell, to taste, and to buy.
There’s almost always a line; if you're in a hurry, go mid-morning or mid-afternoon . Of course, they might have sold out by that time.
The owners have installed a parking lot next to the building. The bakery has a handicapped entrance, a covered porch with chairs and even a dog bowl filled with water since the weekend crowd tends to travel with Fido. Well-constructed picnic tables and benches have been built next to the vegetable garden in back of the building so you can eat lunch, smell the herbs and plan how to steal the tomatoes.
Crack open the cookie jar, take out the change, add a couple of bills and treat yourself to some of the best pastries this side of France.
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