Lara’s Bakery, Harlingen, TX (guest blog)

My pal Lisa Battle, blogging for, discovers the joy of Lara’s and other panaderia (bakeries) way down south in Texas.

Lisa Battles (guest blogger)

It’s probably going to be quite a long while before I get to Harlingen, Texas—located in the Rio Grande Valley near the southern tip of the Lone Star State—to taste my way through its Mexican-style neighborhood  bakeries for the Bakery Boy Blog. So when I learned that my Nashville friend Lisa Battles recently visited there and blogged about a couple of neighborhood panaderia (Spanish for bakeries) for’s Best Places to Live Blog, I decided to let her story fill in for now.

Marrinitos (little pigs)

Lisa found Lara’s Bakery and quickly became enamored with the pan dulce (sweat breads), marrinitos (cake-like treats formed with piglet-shaped cookie cutters and rich with molasses), and pan de muerto (“bread of the dead”). The latter are  loaves either molded or decorated to resemble skulls, bones, and other spooky shapes in celebration of the Mexican holiday known as the Day of the Dead.

Pan de Muerto ("bread of the dead") is a website that ferrets out “the best places in America to live, work, play, explore and belong,” and then celebrates whatever makes them special. Here is a link to Lisa’s bakery-related blog post:

Meanwhile, I’ve been brushing up on my Spanish as I prepare to write blog posts about several panaderies I sampled during a recent trip to Puerto Rico. Stay tuned and feel free to suggest bakeries anywhere that you think I should check out.

– Bakery Boy


LARA’S BAKERY 403 West Polk Street, Harlingen, TX 78550; 956-423-1219 (no website)



One response to “Lara’s Bakery, Harlingen, TX (guest blog)

  1. While this bakery is a go-to place in Harlingen, there is another Lara’s bakery located in Raymondville, Texas, that is by far the supreme bakery, not only in the Valley but in Texas. There are some who drive 20+ miles just to grab some of these treats. But don’t take my word for it, come on down and try it for yourself. They also used to make the best cakes in the world.

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