1200 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas | 913-233-0010
There's a brand-new building — a stucco Spanish-style hacienda with a courtyard — at 12th and Minnesota, across the street from the popular Bonita Michoacan Carniceria, Fruteria and Taqueria. It opened in early August as the Bonita Michoacan Bakery, a sleek and shiny bake shop and coffee stop (Starbucks is brewed most of the day). Brightly colored piñatas hang from the ceiling, and the glass-front pastry cases are filled with American-style cookies, traditional Mexican baked goods and French-inspired pastries. There are small versions of the sumptuously rich tres leches and layer cakes— "baby cakes," says assistant manager Lupe Sanchez — as well as the sugar-dusted breads known as pan de muerto served on November 2 for the Day of the Dead, sweet glazed empanadas filled with fruit, divine jelly rolls, and crusty round breads and baguettes. The back of the structure is set to become a tortilleria later this year.