So I’m chilling at Cycleway Coffee, checking out this weekly called Brooklyn & Boyle and lol n behold, an ad screams out at me: El Gallo Bakery’s 60th Anniversary Celeberation is.. TODAY!
After double checking the hours (til 7pm says the ad) and realizing there was less than an hour remaining, I hauled ass to East Los Angeles and bam! Look at what I saw:
Apparently all fun, free, cheap festivities were long over on this Superbowl Sunday as Blogger LA Eastside reported multitude of fun – including free margherita – that started early in the morning.
A brief history of El Gallo:
El Gallo Bakery was opened in 1949 by Magdalena Martinez-Huerta and her brother Lauro. They were following in their father’s entrepreneurial footsteps. He had owned bakeries in Mexico since the early 1920’s.
Creating the “Best Traditional Panes Dulces in the USA” was a challenge for Magdalena, because she wanted authentic-tasting baked goods, just like those made in her father’s bakeries in Mexico but she had to use American ingredients. So over a period of time, she developed and refined her recipes, using expensive high-gluten flour for better taste and texture.
Jesus Huerta, now runs El Gallo Bakery bringing it into the 21st century with resurfaced, stainless steel walls; new rotating, 48-pan ovens; a huge walk-in refrigerator and other modern equipment.
By the time I arrived, flyers touting the celebration ended in 5pm were strewn all over the floor. Despondent, a quick exploration of the “Cafe” premises ensued during which the video of the mariachi band above was shot. Fun place! Apparently it was a mortuary only 3 years ago! WTF?!? Creepy! Across Caesar Chavez, there was still a line inside the “Bakery” itself. Being a non-fan of pan dolce, a caramel flan was ferried home for a post-din din party in my mouth:
Not bad! And no, I don’t like desserts. Really.
El Gallo Bakery & Cafe
(Bakery = 4546 E. Cesar Chavez, South south of street, Cafe = 4545 E. Cesar Chavez, North side of street)
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