They might be known for their homemade bagels, sandwiches, and salads, but let’s put that aside (just for a second, though). I love a good bagel as much as the next person, but it’s time to bring pastries into the spotlight.
aka Deli & Bakeshop is relatively new to the Mercado San Agustin, but has quickly become the dessert provider for many local restaurants including The Coronet, Agustin Kitchen, Ombre Coffee, Caffe Luce, with more spots planning to carry their pastries in the future.
aka Deli & Bakeshop currently offers a number of delicious desserts that would be hard to find elsewhere. The extensive list of pastries includes:
aka Deli & Bakeshop shares the same owner, Sally Kane, as The Coronet and Agustin Kitchen, but pastry chef Jaime Lawhorn said, “aka [Deli & Bakeshop] is its own beast with more cookies and more breakfast pastries.”
“Bagels are also a key item at aka, as well as our cardamom orange zest morning buns,” she added.
The fan favorites at aka Deli & Bakeshop are usually the earl grey lavender cookies, basil lime cookies, morning buns, and oatmeal pepita cookies. And, of course, the bagels.
“All of our desserts are made totally from scratch with the best ingredients,” Lawhorn said. “And of course, made with love!”
Inspired by trips to Europe and local goods, each of the pastries are part of a collaboration of ideas from Lawhorn, Kane, and Erika Bostick, who is aka Deli & Bakeshop’s general manager and The Coronet’s executive chef.
“It’s fun when we come up with an idea and just keep bouncing ideas back and fourth until we come up with the final product,” Lawhorn said.
When asked why desserts and pastries are so important, Lawhorn said, “I am a little biased, but I think it’s important to offer a good range of desserts to top off an amazing meal.”
“It’s sort of the final thought a restaurant patron experiences,” she said. “Having a wide array of desserts ensures that the guest can get what they’re craving.”
aka Deli & Bakeshop
100 South Avenida del Convento
Tucson, AZ 85745
Dessert in the Desert is a series highlighting desserts in Tucson. The main courses at restaurants get all the rage, as they should, but what about desserts? They deserve a spotlight, too.