Late one rainy Monday December evening (December 19, 2011 to be precise), my daughter and I drove out West to Katy/Fulshear area to try a new restaurant whose opening we were invited to. My daughter loves fancy cupcakes with puffed up icing and edible decorations, and based on the photos, this is what we expected. Well, we got what we expected and then some. The Dulce Bakery and Café is the brain child of mother/daughter team Chef Cristina Gutierrez and Priscilla Domingo. It is a local, family owned business off of Westheimer Parkway and Westheimer lakes. The interior is bright and pastel-coloured. The environment is inviting but is also set up in such a way that suburbanites who need to grab a cup of coffee and a muffin on the way to work can do so quickly.
Their menu is eclectic, featuring the beautiful cupcakes mentioned before (also including gluten free options there), along American standards like coffee cake, and Latin favourites like Tres Lechés cake. They also have different deli style sandwiches, as well as Empanadas. This is a good mix of European, American and Latin bakery and deli standards, that should satisfy many different tastes and preferences. They also serve locally roasted Katz's Coffee, made famous by the Montrose Area Katz's Never Kloses. And if you need a special birthday or wedding cake, Dulce has you covered as well.
On this particular evening, there were a large number of friends and family of the chef that came out to sample the different cupcakes and other treats. My daughter and I enjoyed several different mini-cupcakes. Her favourites were the red velvet and a cinnamon cookie that reminded me of a snickerdoodle. My favourites were the Cookies and Creme topped cupcake and the Emapanadas. Chef Cristina was actively greeting guests and giving plenty of information about the various cakes, dishes and beverages. The evening was fairly laid back and relaxed, though a local DJ did begin spinning some records for a little while during our visit. Although it was rather low key compared to the Nabi Grand Opening I was at a few weeks earlier, it was fun and the food was wonderful.
Helena enjoys the cupcakes
Many of you readers know that I am very big on promoting good, locally owned and operated restaurants and cafés. Although I don't live out in Katy, my daughter and I were made to feel welcome and it was an enjoyable treat. Granted you're not going to get the same experience you would at a high end cupcakery like Cako in San Francisco at Dulce. But that's a good thing. Especially because the Cako I visited had no place to sit down and eat and didn't have coffee or empanadas. At Dulce you will get good, sweet treats, friendly service, and you'll be boosting our local economy by patronizing this place. My daughter and I will come back for some more goodies soon, I promise you that, and I recommend giving Dulce Bakery and Café a visit next time you're out in the Katy/Fulshear area.