Saint Anna Bakery & CafeSouth Loop
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The eye-catching dessert cases at this Chinatown bakery are impossible to ignore, a kaleidoscope of colors and textures highlighted by small cakes such as strawberry shortcakes, black forest cake and coconut tarts. All of the sweet treats are available in single servings, or you can call ahead for a full cake. Don’t miss the Hong Kong-style milk tea blend, which pairs well with the much-loved egg tarts, flaky crusts shaped like crescent moons and filled with sweet custard. Beyond the bakery, which also specializes in Chinese-style sesame balls and barbecue pork buns, this cozy family-run spot also lures locals with a wide selection of savory fare, including wonton soup and minced beef and tomatoes over rice or mei fun (rice vermicelli) noodles with pickled vegetables.