Relax and Unwind at Texas French Bread

By Julie Bissinger

Texas French Bread, located at 2900 Rio Grande, offers quality coffee, fresh-baked bread and pastries and a large lunch menu. Photo by Julie Bissinger

I finally found a great French bistro in Austin.  Texas French Bread doesn’t really fit the mold of a coffee shop, but that doesn’t stop the bakery from serving up a great cup of Joe.

Located at 2900 Rio Grande, just outside the West Campus neighborhood, Texas French Bread is a convenient lunch alternative for University of Texas students.  Texas French Bread caters to a mixed crowd, including twenty-somethings, families with young children and older generations.  The country decor and open space make the bistro a more sophisticated lunch option. 

The spacious interior and country decor at Texas French Bread attract a wide range of patrons. Photo by Julie Bissinger

Because Texas French Bread is a bakery, there is a limited selection of espresso drinks and drip coffees.  This didn’t take away from the quality or flavor, though.  I ordered a regular latte.  The latte had an extremely frothy surface coupled with a smooth taste.  After adding one packet of sugar, the latte tasted perfect.  Texas French Bread uses locally roasted beans from Anderson’s Coffee & Teas, according to the bakery’s website.  Fresh-squeezed juices and hot teas are also available.

TFB Latte

Texas French Bread doesn't offer an extensive coffee menu, but the coffee's quality doesn't suffer (Pictured: latte). Photo by Julie Bissinger

To go along with my latte, I ordered an egg white omelet off of the breakfast menu.  Shredded roasted chicken, tomatoes and cheese filled the omelet.  A sliced avocado was placed on top.  Made with fresh, locally grown ingredients, the omelet tasted the part.

I ordered an egg white omelet made with chicken, cheese, tomatoes and avocado. Photo by Julie Bissinger

The bistro also offers a wide variety of sandwiches, salads and soups on the lunch menu.  Dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 6:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.  For dinner, patrons can choose from pasta dishes, seafood, lamb chops and salads.

Having the sweet tooth that I do, I could not leave without trying a pastry.  I ordered a piece of the sour cream coffee cake.  I could tell the bakers made the cake from scratch.  The moist texture, cinnamon flavor and subtle crunch from the nuts made the cake taste incredible.

Texas French Bread bakes a variety of made-from-scratch pastries, cakes and breads throughout the day (Pictured: sour cream coffee cake). Photo by Julie Bissinger

The service was friendly and relatively quick.  I went around lunchtime, so the place was kind of crowded.  I recommend going to Texas French Bread if you have more than an hour to spare for brunch, lunch or dinner.

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2 responses to “Relax and Unwind at Texas French Bread

  1. I actually live in West Campus, and I hate that I have not been able to go to this place. I really like that it serves as a quick coffee and pastry stop, but also serves dinner when you want it. Just the pictures alone make me want to pay a visit here.

  2. Yeah this place actually has some hype. I’ve heard that this is a little expensive but a quick fun place to be if you’re not into being alone.

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