Sugar Addict Bakery
If you’ve ever driven through small towns like La Grange or Chappel Hill, you probably know that Hill Country gas stations can be the best places to stop for kolaches and cinnamon rolls. Much closer to home, I was surprised to find a fabulous bakery in a trailer with a small courtyard outside a Shell station in Rosedale that rivals those small-town Czechs. It's very French and very anachronistic.
Sugar Addict Bakery is located at the split in the road on Medical Parkway and 40th Street. The name of the orange trailer is somewhat misleading. They do serve highly sugary and delicious New Orleans French Quarter style beignets (which can also be topped with nutella, strawberries and bananas), but they also have a selection of savory beignets that make me wish this trailer were in my neighborhood.
I had sampled Sugar Addict’s wares at a house party before I decided to drop in to the trailer itself. The trailer makes big loafs of challah bread on request if you order ahead of time, and the simple light and fluffy bread my friend served at her party moved this spot up my list of trailers to try.
Arriving at Sugar Addict in the late afternoon, I ordered three traditional beignets, one egg-topped savory breakfast beignet and a latte. My friend showed up a little later and ordered the rotisserie chicken beignet lunch sandwich, as well as some of the trailer’s in-house lemonade.
There’s a small wooden fence out front of the trailer, with small tables and umbrellas set up so that if you have your back to the Shell station, you’d never know there were people pumping gas two yards away.
The traditional beignets were simple and made delicious by the high quality of the baked goods, which I found to be true of everything at Sugar Addict. The thick coating of powdered sugar on top did blow a little bit over everything, so probably not a place to go for breakfast outside on a particularly windy day.
The savory breakfast beignet was French in its presentation, topped with a perfectly fried egg, the trailer’s signature sauce and sliced almonds, plus a garnish of fresh lettuce. The beignet itself had the same fluffy, light interior with no hint of sweetness, making it a perfect showplace for the egg and sauce on top. I wasn’t 100 percent sure the best way to eat the beignet, so I simply picked it up and took careful bites, making sure to tilt it so the delicious runny egg center didn’t spill all over me. The signature sauce was fabulous, cream sauce with flavors of mustard, toast and unknown spices.
My friend’s chicken lunch beignet sandwich reinforced my overall image of the trailer, with simple ingredients that tasted fresh and good on their own (lettuce, chicken and a savory beignet that this time looked almost like a pita), pulled together by that same fabulous sauce.
When we asked what was in the sauce, the cagey couple behind the counter would only say “it’s a secret,” the same response we got when we asked what was in the lemonade. The lemonade is much more complex than the average sugar, lemon and water concoction. It was mildly sweet with other herb flavors – I thought maybe there was some lavender and another floral flavor in it, but I couldn’t be sure. The ingredients will stay a secret, but I will go back for more.