Rico Pan Bakery

Pan Rico Bakery - Kissimmee, Florida - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

I rolled up West Vine Street in search of some breakfast.  Traffic crawled past a national donut chain and several other fast food restaurants.  Waiting for a light to turn green I spied Rico Pan Bakery tucked into a non-descript strip mall.  A Colombian flag hung in the window and a steady stream of customers made their way in and out of the bakery.

A dodge and a weave later I was in the parking lot. A couple chatted in Spanish and entered Rico Pan in front of me.  I took my place in line and looked over the pastries set out in two large refrigerated cases.  Cakes topped with whipped cream, cookies, and all sorts of breads were displayed.  I had no idea what the items were called, but they all looked delicious.

Pan Rico Bakery - Kissimmee, Florida - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

I was greeted in Spanish from behind the counter by a smiling woman.  I followed the lead of the couple in front of me and pointed to a small round pastry and also ordered a café con leche.  The bread, which I learned was called pandebonos, was placed in a small wax paper lined yellow plastic basket as I watched a man behind the counter make my café con leche.  Hand signals, smiles, and some poorly spoken Spanish on my part helped to complete my order.

The pandebonos is a traditional Colombian cheese bread.  The outside was golden brown. I pulled it apart and took a bite.  It was slightly sweet with a hint of cheese flavor.  The bread was airy, a bit moist, and wonderful.  I savored each bite as I drank my coffee and watched a Spanish futbol show on the television suspended behind the bakery counter.

Pan Rico Bakery - Kissimmee, Florida - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

Breakfast at Rico Pan was wonderful. It was a lot of fun to try something completely new, and I wish there was a place in the Panhandle to buy pandebonos.  Rico Pan is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.  The bakery is on Facebook and can be contacted by telephone at (407) 383-6862.

Sweet Tea & Bourbon’s Rating:
Atmosphere: A
Taste: A
Presentation: C
Service: A
Cleanliness: A
Price: $

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