While walking around this past weekend, my wife and I ventured into El Trigal bakery for the first time (it's on Damen, just north of Lawrence, right near where the CVS/condo complex will be though El Trigal ought to be out of harm's way, until it gets ousted for a Starbuck's anyway . . .). I believe there is a second El Trigal on Montrose out west a little.
It's a self-serve set-up with a big selection of treats. On Saturday we tried a Boston-Creme stuffed pastry (forgot the name) and a bread pudding log (budin). The Boston-Creme pastry was outsanding, the bread pudding log good but we tired of it about 2/3 of the way through.
On Sunday we ventured back and tried a guava and cheese filled pastry, a spherical coconut pastry, and a chocolate-filled empanada. The guava and cheese pastry suffered from a lack of both guava and cheese, but the coconut pastry (don't remember the name) was very good, and I enjoyed the chocolate empanada (my wife less so the chocolate filling tasted a little unusual, somehow being neither milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or anything in between. I suspect there were some other ingredients involved).
Everything was incredibly cheap. Most items were either 40 or 50 cents. The bread pudding log was the most expensive of the lot, coming in at 60 cents.
I don't know that I'd recommend a special quest (there are still lots of treats for us to taste before I feel comfortable rating it as worth an outing, and no dount there are plenty of equally tasty or tastier Mexican bakeries out there), but in my opinion it's certainly worth a visit if you're passing by or just in the neighborhood.
El Trigal Bakery
4839 ½ Damen Ave (not joking about the ½)
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