I go to Three Brothers regularly (the original, on S. Braeswood on the SW side) and have been for years. It’s the best bakery in my part of town IMO, but, yes, there are others that are better. I usually get only the seeded rye or French, sliced to use as sandwich bread (oh, and a hamentash or two, sufganiyah, etc.).
If you went to the El Bolillo on the SE side, off I-45, I have to say I was disappointed in my only visit so far; nothing was fresh, as you can often find at the northside store. But I will give it more tries since it’s way closer to me.
Some other bakeries that get kudos:
Slow Dough - started at farmer’s markets, became famous for their pretzel buns, which they introduced here; said to supply many restaurants in Houston and Austin. Their breads have been available for some time at Whole Foods and last year they bought the local Whole Foods commercial bakery on the far SW side. Last time I was at WF saw Slow Dough branded loaves and loaves not branded as Slow Dough so I don’t know if they’re going to keep supplying two lines of breads or not.
Slow Dough breads have also been available at Revival Market on Heights and they have a bake shop at Weights + Measures in Midtown. I have made the special trip to buy their Salinger Rye and Pumpernickel breads, both of which I like. I thought their pastries that I have tried were over-priced and too heavy for my taste. I haven’t tried a croissant or baguette or any of their other breads.
Kraftsmen - around a little longer than Slow Dough, also said to supply many restaurants with special breads. I went to their original bakery/sandwich shop in Montrose close to a decade ago and didn’t get what all the buzz was about but that was only one visit. It’s been on my to-do list to make it up to the Heights location but it hasn’t happened yet.
I’ve heard a lot about Angela’s Oven but haven’t gotten up there yet either.
Common Bond - this one opened with a tremendous amount of hype a year or so ago and continues to get very good ratings on YELP (over a thousand reviews and almost 2 thousand pics). I haven’t been. Hate the parking and traffic in Montrose so I tend to put off checking out places there.
I’ll try to come up with a couple more that you might want to check out.
I appreciate your feedback. I’ve been meaning to get up to that farmer’s market.
ETA: Weights + Measures is where you’re going to find the freshest Slow Dough products, I think.