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Starbread - New Filipino Bakery In Vallejo

JojoA | Sep 29, 200510:44 PM

As I stopped in to check out this new arrival on the Vallejo scene, I noticed the logo on the signboard of this new arrival says "Home Of The Señorita Bread". I thought originally this was going to be a Mexican bakery, but lo and behold some familiar Filipino desserts and breads greeted my eye when I walked in.

I didn't have time to chat, so I picked up an assortment of goodies and brought them home for the family to sample.

The best by far was the pan de sal ($1.50/doz) - these somewhat smallish rolls were soft and chewy like pan de sal should be, but it had a slightly more salty taste that really made it stand out. Reheat these in the oven a little, put your favorite spread or topping, or just eat them plain, and you'll do fine.

The pork (baboy) hopia ($2.00 for five) was also pretty good, though I'm not really a hopia fan. Interestingly, there's no pork inside - it's really a filling from a Filipino fruit, from what my mom says. They also have the traditional mongo bean hopia as well for the same price. Finally, the ensemayada ($.50 each) was pretty good as well - a light, airy bread slathered with a butter and sugar spread.

Next door to the store, a Tapioca Express has also opened up, and a Hawaiian Drive Inn is a couple doors farther down. Also, the recently reviewed Tacos Dos Hermanos truck is on the next block on Sereno if you want to make it a full meal in this area.

If nothing else, they're hoping for a lot of business - there's plenty of boxes lining the shelves in the back at the ready to pack goodies into. It oughta' be interesting to see if they can compete with places like Goldilocks across the street or Valerio's Bakery only a block or so away in the Seafood City complex (ironically, I think Starbread now resides in Valerio's previous location.)

If you're in the area and want to pick up some sweets and/or breads to take home, on a picnic, or similar, I think they're worth a try.

Starbread Bakery
3718 Sonoma Blvd (Hwy 29)
Vallejo, CA 94589

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