San Marcos Like a Local

It's Not Your Ordinary Bakery

November 12, 2014

By Katie Ogletree at Slow Down & Savor: A Food Blog.

Quick and easy breakfasts usually result in something sloppy, unhealthy and/or yet another breakfast taco. Now, if something more wholesome is on your mind, or perhaps you’re just yearning for something, well, different, then I’ve got the place for you. Check out The Root Cellar Bakery located on the corner of Hopkins and LBJ, where they occupy a historical building right on the square in downtown San Marcos.

Walking into the new Root Cellar Bakery, you’ll be slammed in the face with some amazing fresh baked smells. The air is just one that you’ll want to bottle up and take home for those less-than-amazing days we all have. Man, just the smell of freshly baked bread or cookies can do everything to lift the mood, am I right? Anyway, as soon as you enter the bakery, you’ll feel right at home with their warm wood paneling and bright, rustic and vintage inspired décor, including aqua chairs, light wood tables and a fun San Marvelous sign in lights.

So, in addition to the normal bakery fare, like aromatic fresh baked breads, buttery and flakey croissants, and other breakfastey type things, The Root Cellar Bakery has some pretty interesting and innovative takes on the classics. Sure you can find a fresh berry coffee cake or an ooey-gooey cinnamon roll, but you can ALSO find that same cinnamon roll without any gluten in it, as well as some other special-diet friendly pastries and breads. Cool, huh?

One of the MOST interesting items I stumbled across was a rosemary, Parmesan and green onion scone. Savory scones are the new black, apparently, and The Root Cellar Bakery sure has taken a stake in this department. Mouth-watering in flavor, pleasing in texture, the scones are hearty, filling and delicious. But wait. There’s more!

If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, there’s really nothing better than their Sopapilla Cheesecake, made with cinnamon, honey and cream cheese, and of course, their fresh-baked buttery and flakey dough. It’s sweet, and is pretty mind-blowing, if you ask me. I could really go for one of those and a hot tea.

Speaking of tea, they have this really cool loose-leaf tea bar, where you can handcraft your perfect cup of tea, depending on what YOU like. The tea-world is your oyster, folks. But if tea isn’t your, well, cup of tea, they’ve got an assortment of fair trade organic coffees for a personal French Press.

Basically, from 7am to 2pm, Tuesdays through Sundays, the new Root Cellar Bakery is where you can come in, grab some delicious and lovingly prepared pastries, a warm and delicious cup of tea, coffee or even fresh fruit juice, and relax. In a place so warm, welcoming and inviting, it’s hard not to forget the chaotic-crazy that makes up our busy lives. So escape a little, grab a seat and enjoy.

Katie Ogletree is the writer behind the blog Slow Down and Savor (SD&S). By sharing her experiences with food, whether at the eateries she visits or giving you a peek into the fun she has in the kitchen, Katie hopes that something you read sparks your interest into taking the leap to go somewhere new or become a daring cook and whip up a dish you never thought you could. Follow SD&D on Facebook,Twitter and Pinterest to see what’s new!