When a little bird told me San Antonio’s Bird Bakery was opening a second location in Highland Park Village this month, visions of red velvet cupcakes and scrumptious tuna salad sandwiches danced in my head. (I grew up in Alamo Heights, the San Antonio neighborhood home to the bakery’s flagship, and I crave most everything on the menu.)
Journalist, television host, and model Elizabeth Chambers opened Bird Bakery in 2012, inspired by the recipes of her British grandmother, Maureen Carnathan, who once owned a San Antonio catering company. Chambers, who is married to actor Armie Hammer, even had her favorite recipe at their wedding.
“The carrot cake was the groom’s cake,” she recalls. “It has shredded coconut, fresh pineapple, walnuts, golden raisins, a citrus glaze, and citrus cream cheese frosting — layers and layers of delicious decadence.”
A bit more contemporary than the rustic aesthetic of the original, the Dallas bakery serves up the same breakfast and lunch offerings: sandwiches, soups, muffins, pies, cupcakes, cakes, and cookies, plus teas, lemonades, and Austin-based Cuvée Coffee beverages.
When the Highland Park Village Christmas lights and carriage rides return, we’re sipping a Bird peppermint hot chocolate to keep us warm.
Bird Bakery, 7A Highland Park Village.