Treat to Try: El Rico Pan
Bakery El Rico Pan is, as the name might suggest, a Mexican Bakery. Guests walk through the doors, and into a room that is wall-to-wall gluten goodness. Breads and rolls and muffins and cookies, all piled high behind plexiglass doors, all waiting to be picked and purchased by guests. Grab a tray, serve yourself.
Fair disclosure: there are aren’t lots of labels, and it’s hard to find prices. So it’s best to go with a spirit of adventure, and with the faith that pretty much any sweet will be around $1.
That sort of spirit will allow the discovery of the house Pineapple Turnover. A tender, oversized pastry with crimped, sugared edges holds folds of sweet pineapple inside. It’s not exploding with pineapple – that would be overkill. Instead, it strikes a balance that celebrates the pastry itself.
The shelves also hold things like M&M cookies, and ones with smiley faces painted on them. They provide excellent value and are as big as saucers: the bakery makes cookies designed for holding with two hands.
We tried an offering that was labeled “Pig Cookie.” It didn’t seem to look much like a pig, so the prediction was that lard might play some sort of evident role. That was a bad guess. It’s more like a gingerbread, with the texture of a dunker – like a biscotti. There was also a super-sugar coated one with a similar base. More sugar made it better.
At the check out, there’s a selection of packaged goods, not made in-house. It’s there that you’ll find a chance to score some Coco-Leche, which is essentially solid, caramelized sweetened condensed milk (dulce de leche) with a little coconut. Life changing.
There’s lots more to discover at El Rico Pan. It will probably require several visits. You can do your own research at 3866 Sullivant Ave.
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