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May 21, 2010 05:50 AM

Baguette et Chocolat open?

Has the new French bakery on Bee Cave Rd opened? Have you been? We live 70 mi away and would love to know something before we make the drive. . .

(sadly, a great example of an annoying website.

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  1. I was there last weekend. I only tried the croissants (plain, chocolate and almond) and can say that they are some of the best you will find in Austin (the other would be the ones you find now at La Boite and the ones you could have at Delicato at Steiner Ranch before they closed last year). These croissants are very buttery not as flaky but very good and highly recommended. 70 miles is a long way so I don't know if they are 70 miles-away-worthy but it might be for you. If you go, try one and if you like it buy a few a freeze them and you will have great croissants for the whole week (just thaw them during the night in the refrigerator and bake them in the morning).

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    1. re: fduran

      Thanks! Their website does not yet indicate they are open, or at least not that I could tell. We'll make a trip.

    2. I went this past weekend and had a great cappuccino and pain au chocolat - both were outstanding, very happy to have this establishment in my 'hood.

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      1. re: SlickTheCat

        Great Croissant and decent chocolate eclair

        My wife had something very similar to a cream puff (but don't see that on their menu) and she liked it so much I did not get even close to a bite.

        Choquettes (puff pastry rolled with sugar I think) were awesome, I could have eaten a dozen, but didn't.

        Prices are not cheap, but the products that we had (with the exception of chocolate eclair) were well worth it. There does not appear to be any shortcuts used.

        Huge menu and we did not try anything that required additional preparation.

      2. SlicktheCAT, you are lucky to have B et C in your hood. We stopped by late one afternoon on our way to the airport, and their cupboards were almost bare. We scored a baguette, definitely a cut above a grocery artisanal loaf, tres wheaty and crusty. And an exquisitely- made "Paris-Austin" (which my chef husband says is a play on "Paris-Brest," a famous traditional pastry), and it was excellent. ( No old refrigerator odor /taste of day-old buttercream. Hooray! ) Sadly, we may never be able to get here from our Hill Country home early enough to buy from a full selection, but if you can, ooo la la, I would!

        1. Absolutely wonderful. My husband is from Germany, and I'm a transplanted NYC gal. Both of us have been longing for good quality breads and pastries. It definitely fills our needs. Great baguettes. I agree about the eclair - as good as you'll find in Austin but not stellar. The Almond croissants are excellent. If you prefer a fancier almond croissant, La Boite is probably your best bet.

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          1. re: webjockey

            So, could one of you who has been let us know either the hours of operation or the phone number? That miserable excuse for a website does not appear to consider either the sort of thing that one would like to know about a business.

            I sure hope that their baking skills exceed their standards for a web presence.


            1. re: akachochin

              The website indicates they are open Tuesday through Friday 6:30 to 6:00; Saturday 7:00 to 4:00; and Sunday 8 to 2. Closed Monday

              1. re: Honey Bee

                Many thanks. I obviously missed it in all the jitter and motion.

                1. re: akachochin

                  There is a great Chow thread on bad restaurant websites. This is a winner imo. Word of warning: we went about 3pm and they were almost sold clean. A few baquettes, a few pastries left. When I asked about macaroons, the owner's wife said they sell out fast.