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.
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.
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.
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.
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.