desperate for a decent baguette in Austin
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?
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.
1700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
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.
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.
Baguette House & Cafe
10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753