The Golden Crown Panaderia Neighborhood Bakery is housed in a modest, old adobe building a few blocks from the hustle and bustle of Albuquerque’s Old Town. But you won’t find many tourists here. This neighborhood hangout is an insider’s place reserved for those in the know and it’s a little gem.
Out of massive, antique ovens, baker and co-owner Pratt Morales and his small staff bake up huge loaves of bread — honey wheat, black rye, guess how many grains, cinnamon raisin whole wheat, white Pullman, cinnamon pecan, baguette, French, old style Italian, and his signature coyote howling at the moon green chili bread.
Their famous green chili bread, which retails for $7.95/loaf in the bakery ($12.95/loaf online), is loaded with healthy, local ingredients — garlic, cilantro, roasted green chilies, parmesan cheese. It’s a fine-grained, hearty, yellow-hued bread with a real after-burn (we made croutons out of it for soup and it was delicious!).They often sell 200 loaves a day. It’s so popular that most patrons order in advance. If you arrive in the afternoon without pre-ordering, you may go home empty-handed.
They also make a large line of hand crafted cookies, including New Mexican wedding cakes, tostada cinnamon crisps, pig-shaped molasses cookies, lemon and apricot flautas, and biscochitos, a delicate, crumbly, not-too-sweet cookie that’s become the state cookie. Biscochitos come in traditional anise flavor as well as cappuccino and chocolate. You can buy these addictive treats, at $7.95/lb, online. Or order up a cup of their coffees or espresso drinks and enjoy a few biscochitos at one of their tables (warning: it’s very warm in the bakery).
Golden Crown also makes a variety of fruit-filled empanadas and even New Mexican pizza with traditional toppings and roasted blue corn, chili, or multigrain crusts. Nest time you’re in Albuquerque, eat like a local and check out Golden crown. — BH
Golden Crown Panaderia
1103 Mountain Road Northwest
Albuquerque, NM 87102