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Golden Crown Panaderia

March 30, 2007 by  

Golden Crown Panderia

1103 Mountain RD NW
Sun: 10am to 8pm
Tue – Sat: 7am to 8pm

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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4 Responses to “Golden Crown Panaderia”
  1. Kyle says:

    Golden Crown restaurant has a full service coffee bar, traditional Mexican style pastries, and have started serving pizza recently.
    While the pizza is good, it’s the breads at Golden Crown that give this place high marks in my book. Try either the garlic cheese bread or the green chile bread. Again, wow.

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  2. K says:

    As an Albuquerque newbie, I tried this bakery after repeatedly hearing that it was “the best in town” from long-time residents. I don’t have enough experience to judge THAT claim, but it is dang good. The biscochitos are buttery-sandy-light (but filling!) and nicely not-too-sweet. We bought a loaf of the NM Green Chile bread, which my partner can’t stop eating toasted with a little butter. The loaf presentation is lovely, and the bread itself has superior texture and a slow-build heat. Also, I was very pleased to find a baker who recognizes and emphasizes the multiple, subtle flavors of chile. It wasn’t “just” hot; it was toasty, almost savory, and fresh-tasting. We also bought a basic whole wheat, which smells great although I haven’t yet tried it. In short, highly recommended, esp. for people who live nearby and can just stop in for something fresh-out-of-the-oven.

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  3. Eric says:

    Thanks for the write up K. I agree with that. I stop by on occasion and order a sandwich. It costs more but I always replace the brioche with the green chile bread because it is phenomenal.

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  4. Lindsey says:

    I live down the street from Golden Crown and have found myself wandering in fro time to time in the morning before work to get a fresh empanada. It is worth it every time, not to mention the polite and friendly staff are always sure to make you leave in a good mood. Also, the free biscochito is the best thing that ever happened to this neighborhood! I really enjoy going in to Golden Crown when time allows.

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