The most commonly eaten bread in the U.S. is not freshly baked bread, but soft-crust bread which is only sold in grocery stores, sliced and bagged. This type of bread is also available in many different flavors and flours, such as whole wheat with honey, for example. Bread is generally eaten as a sandwich for lunch or dinner. For breakfast, Houstonians prefer bagels and donuts. If you also like bagels, many expatriates like Einstein Bros Bagels stores where you can sit down in a café-style setting or pick up an order of bagels to go.

If you are looking for a traditional around-the-corner local bakery in Houston, you will not be successful. Instead y will find freshly baked bread, rolls and cakes and pastries, at La Madeleine French Bakery and Café, Whole Foods Market, a natural and organic grocery store with a bakery inside or in some of the larger grocery store chains in Houston that have also established bakeries inside their stores. Look for new stores as older stores may not have an in-store bakery yet. A favorite with expats are the newer HEB stores which have a huge selection of bakery goods.

As with traditional bakeries, make sure you visit the store early in the day to get fresh goods, such as breads. While the grocery chains may bake bread throughout the day (particularly French bread that is popular for dinner), it is not guaranteed to find your favorite fresh bread late in the afternoon and Whole Foods and La Madeleine may be completely sold out by that time.

Houston is also home to cake lovers who most often enjoy them in a restaurant-type setting. One popular establishment with expats is The Cheesecake Factory, which serves normal lunch and dinner but is famous for huge cheesecakes in all flavors. The House of Pies is also very well-liked among expatriates.

Here are some of the most popular places favored by expats:

Bread, Pastries and Cakes

  • Whole Foods – http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com (8 am – 9 pm, daily)
    11145 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042, 713-784-7776 (west Houston)
    15900 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, Texas 77479
    2955 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098, 713-520-1937 (Inside Loop, West U area)
  • La Madeleine French Bakery and Cafe – http://www.lamadeleine.com (6:30 am – 10 pm, daily)
    6500 Woodway, Houston, TX 77057, 713-722-8449 (west Houston)
    19710 Northwest Fwy (Hwy290), Houston TX, 77065, 281-720-1000 (northwest Houston)
    6205 Kirby, Houston, TX 77005, 713-942-7081 (Inside Loop, Rice Village)
    9595 Six Pines Dr, The Woodlands TX, 77380, 281-419-5826
  • HEB – http://www.heb.com (different hours, depending on location, several 24/7)
    5225 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77005, 713-218-1800 (Inside Loop, southwest)
    9710 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77055, 713-647-5960 (west Houston)
    10919 Louetta Rd, Houston, TX 77070, 281-257-4600 (northwest Houston)
  • Kroger – http://www.kroger.com (different hours, depending on location, several 24/7)
    3300 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, 713-526-7865 (Downtown)
    7747 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77030, 713-661-7175 (Inside Loop)
    1505 Wirt, Houston, TX 77055, 713-722-9800 (west Houston)
    9125 W. Sam Houston Pkwy, Houston, TX 77064, 281-477-0701 (northwest Houston)
  • Randalls – http://www.randalls.com (different hours, depending on location, several 24/7)
    2225 Louisiana, Houston, TX 77002, 713-331-1042 (Downtown)
    3131 W. Holcombe Blv, Houston, TX 77025, 713-349-2150 (Inside Loop southwest)
    11041 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77042, 713-268-5000 (west Houston)
    2250 Buckthorne Place, Spring, TX 77380, 281-367-5734

Cakes

  • Cheesecake Factory – http://www.cheesecakefactory.com (Mo – Thu 11 am – 11 pm, Fri 11 am – 12 am, Sat 10:30 – 12 am, Sun 10 am – 10 pm)
    5015 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056, 713-840-0600 (west Houston, inside Galleria Mall)
    1201 Lake Woodlands Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380, 281-419-3400
    16535 S.W. Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77479, 281-313-9500
  • House of Pies – http://www.houseofpies.com (open 24 hours)
    3112 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098, 713-528-3816 (Inner Loop)
    6142 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX‎, 713-782-1290‎ (west Houston)

Bagels

  • Einstein Bros Bagels – http://www.einsteinbros.com (Mo-Fri 5:30 am – 4 pm, Sat 6 am – 4 pm, Sun 7 – 4 pm)
    3407 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, 713-521-3842‎ (near downtown west)
    5300 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77005, 713-528-1992‎( Inner Loop, West U area)
    600 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX 77024, 713-463-8687 (west Houston)
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