Golden Crown Panaderia
Golden Crown Panderia is a neighborhood bakery that now serves pizza, located in what looks like an old house on Mountain just east of 12th street. Even though I frequently pass by, I never really noticed the this cute little bakery, until I received a flyer in the mail. I couldn’t pass up the offer that they gave me so I went by one evening to try out their pizza.
As I mentioned before the outside looks like it was once a home. There is a covered patio outside and a lot of room for outdoor dining. When you walk in, you feel like you are entering a home. There are a few small tables, a dresser with old family photos, displays of the gourmet coffee and tea collections, and displays showing the fresh baked biscochitos, empanadas, flautas and other deserts. Even when they are very busy the staff greets you and seems to genuinely care about you, whether it’s your first visit or you visit daily. This really is what I would expect from a neighborhood bakery.
The menu has several choices of specialty pizzas, or you can choose your own toppings including gourmet toppings like artichoke, anchovies, or shrimp. There are also sandwiches made of fresh bread, salads, an extensive coffee menu, and (my favorite) lots of desert. I had a basic pepperoni pizza with the green chile crust. At first I didn’t notice the green chile flavor in the crust, but I definitely did in the aftertaste. They offer a choice between hand tossed and thin crust and I chose hand tossed. I ordered an extra large which was quite a bit smaller than most extra large pizzas that I order. I also had a Baker’s Salad which was a nice, simple, fresh salad. On another occasion I ordered the Pastrami and Provolone Sub which came with mayo, italian dressing, deli mustard, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, a pickle, corn chips and a biscochito. The sandwich was served on a baguette and the pastrami and provolone had a lot of flavor and tasted fresh. My husband tried the Genoa Salami and Provolone sandwich which was also served on a baguette the same toppings and sides. This was also a very good sandwich.
Golden Crown Bakery is a cute neighborhood stop, that is close to downtown and Old Town, Albuquerque. It is a great place for coffee drinkers to enjoy a Sunday morning out on the patio, or Old Town shoppers who would like a nice sandwich for lunch. The prices are mid-high range, subs are $6 – 9, the basic extra large pizza is $12 and the specialty extra large pizzas are almost $20. The coffee seems to be very reasonable with prices ranging from $1.50 – $4.30. I was happy because they have a soda fountain unlike many pizza places that only sell 2 liters. I would recommend this bakery to anyone because it really has a lot to offer, and everyone could use some special treatment sometimes.
Pros: Nice friendly service
Cons: Prices are a little high
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