Exceptional Mexican baked goods runneth over at Spicy Cup Cafe

G.A. Benton

When you read the words “Spicy Cup Cafe,” what sort of businesses spring to mind? Unless you’re already familiar with the place, I’d wager that “bakery” and “short-order Mexican eatery” don’t make the top of your list.  

But Spicy Cup Cafe should be on the top of your list if you’re looking for a scratch-cooking spot offering bargains on lovely Mexican-style pastries — such as the best churros in Columbus — as well as first-rate tamales and excellent breakfast sandwiches assembled with wonderful house-baked rolls.

I should alert you to a potential catch: When visiting this roomy and modern, “ain’t faking it,” Mexican-style operation on the North Side — called Panaderia Guadalupana when it opened in 2011 — your counter server might speak limited English.

This happened to me once. I speak OK Spanish, but if you don’t, you can still manage pretty well.