The warm smell of traditional masa wafts through the front door of the De Alba Bakery in McAllen, attracting passersby who crave a traditional, no-shortcuts, homemade tamales. Each morning, sounds of anticipation and excitement can be heard through the open door as students and parents crowd into the space to grab sweets and warm pastries, heirloom tamales, cakes and artisanal breads before beginning the day.
With the De Alba Bakery location in McAllen having grown so large, with a substantial number of guests visiting from nearby towns, Dora De Alba decided to open De Alba Bakery’s second location in the neighboring city of Mission, offering the same de la familia promise and homemade tamales to an even larger community base. The second De Alba Bakery location to open, Mission is the brand’s second Texas bakery.
Warm smells of traditional baked goods like Mexican sweet breads, gourmet tamales, Barbacoa and donuts beckon to excited visitors as they enter De Alba Bakery’s Pharr Texas location for a treat. The brand’s third location bears the same de la familia promise, and customers in Pharr have come to treasure the bakery as a key part of the community.