Bird Bakery

Bird Bakery

Neighbors Still Flock There

By Meredith Kay
Photography by Al Rendon

There are a few foods that, when we encounter them, have the ability to make us feel like kids again. Really great cupcakes are among those foods. Regardless of the guilt we might feel once we’ve consumed one, most of us will savor each and every bite of a truly delicious cupcake, reminiscing about childhood birthday parties or family picnics in the idyllic days before mortgages and deadlines.

When Elizabeth Chambers opened Bird Bakery in 2012, it was her wish to share the beloved family recipes of her mother and grandmother with a community that she loved, and today, her amazing pastry chefs and bakery staff are still delighting locals. This year, Bird Bakery will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Although the bakery has become popular for its delectable bite-sized cupcakes packaged in adorable cardboard egg cartons, the restaurant also features many delicious breakfast and lunch dishes that keep locals coming back week after week.

Visit the bakery in the morning on your way to the office, or after dropping the kids off at school, and you’ll be in the company of happy neighbors enjoying a slice of Spinach Parmesan Quiche or a Southern Pimento Cheese Popover for breakfast, along with a steaming cup of cappuccino or jasmine tea. Expect to wait in line with the rest of the flock at lunchtime, as every sandwich is made to order with the freshest ingredients.

One of the most popular lunch items on the menu at Bird Bakery is the Nostalgic Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Cheddar cheese oozes between thick slices of brioche bread, which adds a touch of sweetness to the tangy cheddar flavor, and when paired with Bird Bakery’s signature Tomato Basil Soup, you’ve got the perfect lunch to satisfy your hunger and prime your tastebuds for dessert.

The California Turkey sandwich is another fan favorite with thick slices of roasted turkey, Havarti cheese, arugula, avocado, tomato, and red onion slathered with a deliciously surprising raspberry chipotle mayonnaise, served on seeded bread. There are so many wonderful textures and flavors going on here that you will find yourself trying to identify them all up until your very last bite.

The decor at Bird Bakery offers a warm and inviting “shabby chic cottage” atmosphere, and the incredibly organized space makes maximum use of every nook and cranny. The bakery is adorned with weathered wood features and chalkboards with beautiful sayings and quirky quotes. You will also find handmade greeting cards, housewares, and kitchen accessories for sale throughout the space. If you are a tea drinker, then you are really in for a treat with their impressive selection of organic and locally sourced teas.

The bakery offers seasonal specials throughout the year. They even have a private party room to host small birthday parties, baby and bridal showers, or just a quiet place to hold a small meeting at the beautiful communal table. Elizabeth and her team have truly created the perfect neighborhood bakery café, which will no doubt welcome ‘09 neighbors for many years to come.

Bird Bakery
5912 Broadway | (210) 804-2473 |
Monday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Half Texan on her mama’s side, Meredith grew up in Southern California and graduated from Pepperdine University, with a degree in Advertising. This allowed her to use words creatively, and to find her voice as a writer. She is a food enthusiast, and will eat anything but broccoli. Meredith has an incurable case of wanderlust, and she loves to cook, travel and eat. She spends her days raising two kids, and rescuing as many dogs as possible. She wanders the streets of San Antonio, and the rest of the world when she can, searching for great restaurants, tasty cocktails and interesting people. She is also still waiting for Shiner Bock to make her their official spokesperson.

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