Madruga Bakery

1430 S. Dixie Highway
Coral Gables, FL 33146
305-262-6130
Madruga Bakery

Photo by Zachary Fagenson

Details

  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Free Wifi, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted

It's difficult to say which part of bakery life burrowed deepest into Naomi Harris' soul. Harris was born in Miami and into restaurant royalty. Her father Larry and his brother Stuart founded Miami's beloved chicken chain Pollo Tropical in 1988. Harris, meanwhile, didn't plan for a life in restaurants, never mind one of marathon, overnight baking shifts. One summer during college, she interned with the pastry chef at Coral Gables' now-shuttered Cacao, and her career trajectory changed. At her Coral Gables bakery, Madruga, she turns out whole-grain country loaves in a variety of grains and seeds. There are also baguettes, scones, babka, croissants, and muffins. Her work earned her a semifinalist nomination for the 2019 James Beard Award for Outstanding Baker. Insider tip: Madruga is a hyperseasonal spot that makes the best of local products. That means mango-and-Brie-filled croissants in the summer and sugary tomato-stuffed pastries in the late fall. If you happen to buddy up with the soft-spoken proprietor, you might be able to persuade her to give you a small bag of the house-ground flour used to make many of the beautiful loaves.

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