What could be better than fresh baked goods and mouthwatering Mexican fare? The two combined! This magnificent Mexican bakery has locals lining up to buy homemade bolillos, renowned for their soft inside and delightfully crunchy outside, as well as pan dulces, or sweet breads. Additional house treats include classic churros, empanadas, tortillas and luscious tres leches cakes. The best part, however, is the price: it's easy to load up on treats without breaking the bank.

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Independence Heights

Flying Saucer Pie Company, a family-owned and operated sweet shop, has been perfecting the art of pies since 1967. The bakery's delectable creations are scratch-made daily without preservatives and come in such phenomenal flavors as fresh apple, heavenly coconut cream, tangy key lime and rich chocolate cream. The strawberry cream and pecan pies are especially popular, as are seasonal favorites like strawberry, pumpkin, mincemeat and Boston cream. Slices are available for takeout only.

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West University

Sweet temptation awaits your taste buds at one of the region's best known confectionaries, Ruggles Bakery. This beloved eatery prepares its scratch-made desserts daily, and the menu boasts everything from creamy tiramisu and cheesecake to brownie a la mode. The rich red velvet cake is especially popular, as is their famous white chocolate bread pudding. Check out the daily dessert special (not on the regular menu), as well as Ruggles' homemade soups, sandwiches and salads.

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One of the city's most beloved bakeries, French Riviera has patrons raving over its tantalizing homemade treats. The display case here is filled with decadent danishes, perfect eclairs, French baguettes, brioche and croissants, plain or filled with chocolate or almond creme. On the lunch menu, you'll find croissants filled with turkey and Swiss or tuna salad, as well as a satisfying selection of quiches and fresh salads. A cafe au lait provides the perfect accompaniment.

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West University

Best known for its classic petit fours, Moeller's Bakery is a sugary paradise for even the most demanding sweet tooth. Adorably and artfully decorated, the bakery's tiny white and chocolate cakes are covered with a thin layer of tasty icing and are so moist that they almost melt in your mouth. The unassuming building also offers such delightful surprises as freshly baked cinnamon rolls, assorted cookies, orange rolls, fruit tarts, cupcakes and beautiful custom-designed cakes.

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