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desperate for a decent baguette in Austin

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The wannabe baseball bats at WF, CM and Texas French Bread won't cut it. I have wonderful pate that I cannot serve on a tortilla. Where can I find a decent to good loaf in Austin? I live downtown but would be willing to drive up to an hour to find a baguette that is chewy, not dry, fresh and tasty. Where?

All best,

Hungryinatx

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  1. I remember seeing this thread and thought it would be of interest to you:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7093...

    1. Baguette et Chocolat is the best bakery in Austin. Take the drive and you will be amazed. French owned and operated. http://www.baguetteetchocolat.com/ Closed monday. Go as early
      as possible. They do sell out and they are becoming more popular all the time.

      1. I have tried the one at baguette et chocolat and liked it but not as much as to go that far for bread, but that is my opinion, even though I would go that far for the croissants but then La Boite also have great croissants nearer. I would also recommend the bread at Costco from La Brea Bakery in CA. It is not the best in the world but it is one of the best in Austin and not that far, with a nice crust and chewy flavor. One more is Chuy's Bakery that if you go early have some decent artisan breads but they run out of them. The three that you mentioned look nice on display but are flavorless and usually crustless. And if you are looking for sourdough you better wait until you flight to another city in the US as there is no good or decent sourdough in Austin.

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        La Boite
        1700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

        1. I go to Phonecia Bakery on S Lamar. I agree the ones at WF, CM, and HEB are awful. I think if you just buy one or two, you may have to pay cash... I can't really remember.

          1. You might want to try Baguette House over in the Chinatown Center on North Lamar just south of Braker. It's not a true bakery but their bread is unbelievable plus each loaf is only $1.57. They bake on premise daily. While you're there, you should try one of their sandwiches. Not at all what I expected but now I'm a regular customer.

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            Baguette House & Cafe
            10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

            1. Artisan Bistro in Lakeway makes a baguette you would swear came from France. They also make great croissants and pains au chocolat. This may be farther than you want to go, but Rolling in Thyme and Dough in Dripping Springs bakes 8-10 types of bread daily, including a really good sourdough. The chef is from Belgium.

              1. Stop by Enoteca on South Congress, buy a hearty, crusty baguette, some delicious caponata, pick up a can of those anchovy-stuffed olives, maybe some roasted peppers or tomatoes, maybe a wedge of blue cheese. Don't forget a lemon panna cotta. Take home and open a bottle of wine. Dinner.

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                Enoteca
                1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

                1. You might drop by the Farmer's Market at Republic Sq on Saturday morning. There are getting to be a number of bread bakers that show up and some of it looks good. Sorry that I don't have a direct recommendation as I generally make my own.

                  Another possibility to check out is the market at Boggy Creek Farm on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. The woman who makes those wonderful croissants for La Boite (and whose name escapes me at the moment), often has bread for sale at the farm and might be able to tell you where else you can find her baking.

                  1. Baguette House is wonderful, I second Lisa. Their baguettes are chewy on the inside and slight crunchy on the outside. Pick up one of their sandwiches while your there, they range from $2.75 to $3.50. The grilled pork sandwich is amazing, #6 on the menu.

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                    Baguette House & Cafe
                    10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753