The bakery was also just listed among the 100 best bakeries in the country by Food & Wine. Here’s what the site had to say about this local gem:
“Cuban bread, handmade by a small army of lifers, still with the signature palm frond running the length of each loaf, the way it’s been done for more than a century. Any further questions? Thought not. Family-owned since day one, a second, sit-down location finally opened not long ago—come in the morning for too much cafe con leche and buttered toast, otherwise known as one of Tampa’s best breakfasts.”
Over a century of serving Ybor City
Juan Moré joined a co-op of fellow bakers and cigar makers at the start of World War I. Together they opened three bakeries: La Primera, La Segunda and La Tercera in Ybor City. When the other bakeries folded, Moré purchased La Segunda from his partners. Situated inside an Ybor landmark at 2512 North 15th Street, La Segunda has been tantalizing the taste buds of culinary enthusiasts since 1915.
Today Anthony Albert Moré and his son, Anthony Copeland Moré, keep Juan’s dream alive by producing 18,000 loaves of Cuban bread daily.
If you haven’t woken up with a cafe con leche from La Segunda, then we recommend you amend that immediately. That and a few slices of Cuban toast will infuse you with the kind of flavor that can only be achieved through over a century of practice and passion.
What to try when you visit
You really can’t go wrong with any of the items on the menu. If you’re there at sunrise, then you have to have some cuban toast with butter, and maybe a guava and cheese turnover if you have some room left. The coup de gras of dishes at La Segunda is their prized Cuban Sandwich.
The delicacy is made with mojo marinated pork, smoked ham, Genoa salami, Swiss cheese, pickle & special sauce on Cuban bread.
Expansion to South Tampa
After 103 years, and 4 generations of ownership, La Segunda expanded. The bakery is also open at 4001 West Kennedy Boulevard.
Diehard dining fans who can’t often make it out to Ybor City are in for a treat. Follow the restaurant on Facebook for daily operations updates.