Our Story

About Leslie’s Mexican Cafe & Bakery:

Anabel Verdin, owner, comes from a family of bakers. Originally from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico (border of Texas, USA), Anabel’s father started baking at 14 yrs. old in four different bakeries in Mexico. When After high school, Anabel learned to decorate cakes, but had been helping in bakeries since she was a child.

In 1992, the family immigrated to Texas and continued working in bakeries until they moved to Missouri in 1996 and her father opened his own bakery in Monett, MO. When her father decided to retire, he passed to bakery to his daughter, Anabel. They opened a second location in Springfield, MO. In 2012, at 60 years old, her father closed the Monett location and goes to bake at Leslie’s Mexican Cafe & Bakery (named after Anabel’s daughter, Leslie) to continue helping his daughter with her business.

Anabel worked 1 ½ years alone, with just the help of her father baking, to build her business. Then she hired a part-time helper and little-by-little added more food products and merchandise. Products include: fresh produce, imported groceries, spices, and drinks. Also, you will find many handcrafted artesan items, piñatas, candies and special event supplies. In 2013, she added fresh-cut meats. In October 2015, by popular demand, Anabel opened her restaurant/cafe, which is connected to the bakery/market. Anabel’s staff now includes her mother and father, sister, and nephews, as well as professional butcher, chef, and servers. In Leslie’s Mexican Cafe, you will find fresh-to-order, homemade traditional foods like gorditas, pupusas, huaraches, tamales, tacos, tortas, fresh fruit juices, Mexican sodas, and a huge selection of desserts from the bakery. Always willing to accommodate special requests, salsa and condiment bar, and daily specials make for a wonderful experience every time at Leslie’s. Be sure to stroll through the bakery and market to take home some of the wonderful goodies with you to continue your cultural experience.

Goal: To share a fresh, delicious Mexican dining experience from Leslie’s kitchen to you!

Summary: Leslie’s Mexican Cafe & Bakery is a full-service traditional Mexican restaurant, bakery, grocery store and meat market in Springfield, MO. Family-owned and operated, you will experience authentic, fresh foods and baked goods, cakes-to-order, groceries for all your cooking needs, and even gift items to share. Come by and enjoy a truly authentic cultural experience today!