As most Cuban sandwich snobs will tell you, there’s a reason many of the area’s top shops only use bread from Tampa’s La Segunda Bakery and Cafe.
The local staple was recently recognized by Food & Wine Magazine as one of the “The 100 Best Bakeries in America.” The list, which wasn’t ranked in any particular order, aimed at compiling the “best of the old and new, a glimpse of what makes America’s wildly diverse baking culture so exciting, even right now.”
The list features bakeries from all over the country, with only La Segunda and Miami’s Zak The Baker representing the Sunshine State.
“Cuban bread, handmade by a small army of lifers, still with the signature palm frond running the length of each loaf, the way it’s been done for more than a century,” wrote Food & Wine. “Any further questions? Thought not. Family-owned since day one, a second, sit-down location finally opened not long ago—come in the morning for too much cafe con leche and buttered toast, otherwise known as one of Tampa’s best breakfasts.”
La Segunda isn’t new to praise, and has been a consistent winner of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay’s annual Best of The Bay awards.
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